Preserving Family Memories With Geelong Regional Libraries

Here at Kings Funerals, we understand how important memories are to families and future generations. We witness the importance of photographic and video memories every day and how precious they are. That’s why we’re proud to support Geelong Regional Libraries in their efforts to digitise, share, and preserve family memories by making this process simple and accessible to the community.

 

Saving Family Stories gives the local community free access to equipment and technical support to scan, save, edit and share old negatives, slides, photographs, video and film footage. This project enables precious family stories and treasured memories to be shared, enjoyed, and digitally preserved for future generations.

Sponsorship from Kings Funerals has enabled Geelong Regional Libraries to extend the service at Belmont Library to Leopold and Newcomb libraries. It has enabled the purchase of additional digitisation equipment, including 12 more mobile film scanners and two new film and photo video scanner stations. It also adds two Super 8 film converters to the service. Customers can also use free USBs to store their files, also generously donated by Kings Funerals.

The new service locations and equipment will be available to customers from 1 March. The equipment allows customers to transfer video footage from VHS, DVD, and now Super 8 format to digital files at the library. The borrowable Kodak mobile film scanners form part of ‘Library of Things’ at Geelong Regional Libraries. They are available for library members to borrow through the library catalogue for use at home.

Introductory sessions will be held at Leopold and Newcomb libraries (and continue at Belmont Library), allowing community members to explore and learn how to use the equipment with specialist library staff. Following an induction session, library members can book the mobile scanners to work on their digitisation projects at their own pace.

The success and popularity of the Saving Family Stories initiative is evident from the equipment usage and continued positive feedback since its introduction at Belmont Library in July 2022. Since then, customers have collectively spent over 500 hours using the equipment for various projects.

Library member, Dan O’Meara, 80+ years young said, “It’s wonderful. I’ve learned so much about technology thanks to the friendly Belmont Library team.

Visit the Geelong Regional Libraries’ online catalogue to borrow a mobile scanner, or speak with a team member at your local library for more information.

Preserve your family memories with Geelong Regional Libraries – What stories will they tell!