Now that the class is over, I’ve had a chance to go back and finish a blog post that I’ve been wanting to publish for a few weeks. It’s about a practice archival trip I took about a month ago to the old one-room library in downtown Vienna, Virginia, called the Little Library. When I visited, I took a few digital photos of the older books there, and I’m going to share them here.
I also want to follow-up on one of the goals I made for myself in my first post for this class, which was to experiment with optical character recognition software. At the end of this post, I’m going to write about my first attempt to scan the digital photos I took of the library books. It’s part of a larger plan that’s been on my mind for more than a year to create a workflow that goes from (1) visiting a library or archive to (2) taking digital photos and cleaning them up with Photoshop or some other kind of editing software to (3) scanning them to create readable and searchable text files.
The Little Library
According to the brochures I picked up there, the Little Library was built in 1897, and, at least from what I learned from the volunteer who was there, it has been in continual use until today. In 1913, it was relocated from its original location near the Patrick Henry Branch of the Fairfax Public Library to its current location near the Freeman’s Museum just off Maple Ave in Vienna.
The front of the library