It’s hard to believe the Hilgenberg Archive has been in progress for one year. In honor of my one year anniversary, I’ve re-organized my Hilgenberg Archive paperwork and made a priority list for the coming months.
This month we were able to install a server on-site that is completely dedicated to all 84,000 Der Deutsche Correspondent digital files. Since only half of the collection has been digitized, 42,000 currently reside on the server. When the second half of the collection is digitized, there will be plenty of space on the server to accommodate the entire collection.
Here are a few things that I have been working on recently:
- How we are planning on making this collection accessible is always on my mind. During one of our regular library staff meetings, one of my colleagues made a suggestion: we should consider partnering with a university or other library with a strong German-language program or collection. This would be great on many levels. It would give us the opportunity to share the collection with students or people seeking this collection for educational reasons.
- As an archive located in downtown Baltimore, we are very fortunate to be surrounded by many colleges and universities that offer advanced levels of German. I am currently searching for a university or college in which our Der Deutsche Correspondent collection would be a perfect fit.
- The MdHS Grants Writer is currently searching for grants or other opportunities to help MdHS with sharing the archive. An archive of this size requires many resources. This is exactly why I would love for MdHS to partner with a college or university. The more collaboration, the more obvious this collection will be for research.
- We continue to work on our options for Optical Character Recognition (OCR). A decision about which company to go with depends on many factors so a thorough examination is required.
We are very excited about the possibilities. I am looking forward to speaking with possible collaborators in order to make sure this archive is used to the fullest extent.