DEARBORN – The Dearborn Public Library has always been a resource for technology and recently has added a new service: a digitization lab that is free for library cardholders.
Digitization is the process of transforming data from one medium to another, such as a VHS tape to a computer file.
Types of material that can be digitized include photographs, VHS tapes and vinyl records.
Digitizing is a good idea for a number of reasons, especially to preserve older materials such as VHS tapes or photographs. If not stored in ideal conditions, photographs and celluloid film deteriorates, diminishing their clarity or potentially destroying them if left for too long.
Additionally, updating older media makes them more accessible, and no longer requires outmoded hardware to play or view them.
The Dearborn Public Library D-Lab is available by appointment only. For lab hours go to dearbornlibrary.org. Appointments may be made by phone at 313-943-2330 or in person at the reference desk of Henry Ford Centennial Library, 16301 Michigan Ave.