This summer, the Braddock Carnegie Library is actively engaged in the same activity as virtually every other library world-wide: playing catch-up.
Our ability to make back-ups of text and images via digitization has only been around for a little over forty years. Mankind has been writing for more than three-thousand four-hundred years. That’s a lot of information to bring into the digital age.
The Braddock Youth Project Library Archive Team is presently doing their part to make a dent in this vast backlog of data. Led by Michael DiCenzo, six youths spend four days a week scanning old documents and yearbooks, conducting interviews with various Braddock residents, and organizing a ton of old documents into some semblance of order.
The youth learn several valuable skills in the process of completing these tasks, such as organized research, audio editing, using scanners and conducting interviews.
In addition to their newly acquired skills, the youth also get the lasting satisfaction of knowing that they played a pivotal role in bringing a library wholly into the 21st century.