Digital provision in libraries

This project was conceived as part of a digital residency that took place in Gateshead Library designed to engage young people with events in local history through the medium of digital imagery.

The Digital Libraries Residency, funded by Bridge North East consisted of two parts, an Audit, building a clear map of current expertise, knowledge and provision of digital engagement within libraries across the North East of England. This included initial library visits, interviews with key members of staff in 4 selected libraries representing the diversities of libraries within the region; followed by an online questionnaire to capture a wider picture. Key findings were generated and presented for use by Bridge North East and in the State of the Region report.

The second part consists of a pilot project, TRACE, a project designed to engage children and young people with events in local history through the medium of digital imagery. Through a series of workshops participants researched and explored the story behind selected archival images. They revisited the location within the photograph to create a current record of that location merged with the original image creating a new piece of work. The images created have been added to ‘History Pin’, which will provide a public platform to present, share and celebrate the young people’s research and unique photographic works as well as contribute to the region’s historical records.