Our Work

Smyth County Public Libraries Digital Collection Migration

Marion, Chilhowie, and Saltville, Virginia
10,000 documents moved ✅ | 100% more usable 🙌 | A lot better to look at 😍

The Smyth County Public Library’s Digital Collection arose from a collaboration between the Smyth County Genealogical Society and the library.  Many residents allowed their materials to be scanned for the archive and others donated their time to help scan the items.  The collection consists of photographs, documents, and other items.  

The Challenge

The Smyth County Digital Collection is a collection of nearly 10,000 digital scans across lots of subcategories and growing. The content management system that was being used to house the collection was not being renewed and the library had to decide where and how they would be moving the large collection of items. The Library, having just worked with us to redesign and rebuild the Library’s main site, came to us with a few third-party solutions they had looked at and asked if we could propose anything better. So we did.

The Solution

We used their WordPress site, to create a new custom post type and category structure for the digital collection. The old system could export, so we imported all 9500 records into WordPress. That many scans were a lot of storage, so we used AWS to host images. Now the digital collection lives right within their own site and can be easily managed by staff. Items can also appear in the Library’s site search.

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