“Accessing the Past” Adds Desert Sun Content

April 21, 2015

Accessing the Past logoHave you ever wanted to look back at old Desert Sun newspapers and see what happened on a certain day? Previously, you had to know exactly what date you wanted to search and make an appointment here at the Palm Springs Public Library to view our microfilm. If you have ever looked at a newspaper on microfilm, you might remember that carsick feeling you got when you advanced the reel. Want to print? Good luck getting a clear copy. With the Library’s new project, “Accessing the Past,” those days are over!
Simply by visiting www.accessingthepast.org you can click on our featured Desert Sun collection and start your search. We currently have 1944-1973 available but are expanding content and filling in the gaps soon. Once our project is complete we will have full-text versions of The Desert Sun from 1934-1999 that are completely keyword searchable. You can download an article, the full page, or the full newspaper issue.
This project was made possible in part by the Institute for Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, administered in California by the State Librarian. The Palm Springs Public Library has received two grants from the California State Library totaling $120,000. It is hopeful that the library will receive grant funding for a 3rd year to continue the project. To further enhance “Accessing the Past,” the Library Board of Trustees has provided $50,000 to purchase a high-quality, archival-level scanner. Additionally, the Webb Foundation has given a gift of $2,500 to help with the purchase of the scanner and related equipment. We hope to have the scanner soon and start offering demonstrations.
For a full list of community partners, visit www.accessingthepast.org. We hope that once the scanner is ready, our community partners can start adding content online too. Jeannie Kays, Julie Warren, Scott Biegen or any of the Librarians can answer questions you might have about the project. We will be looking for volunteers to help scan our archive when the scanner arrives and will gladly train you!
Someday the Library plans to schedule “shoebox days” where people can bring in their old photos of the Coachella Valley and allow us to scan the images. Anyone who gives us permission to scan their photos will leave with their items, plus a CD or a memory stick with their scanned photos. We would then add the historically significant photos to our online archive. Stay tuned for upcoming events. We hope that you get as excited about this project as we are and we look forward to you “Accessing the Past.”

Dorothy Bear

Librarian Dorothy Bear, March 13, 1957.

 

Chi Chi

Ad for Chi Chi Restaurant June 15, 1955

 

Gerry Vanek

Children’s Librarian Gerry Vanek June 6, 1973

Jeannie Kays, Library Director


Happy New Year from Palm Springs Public Library

December 30, 2014

Happy New Year 2015The staff of the Palm Springs Public Library would like to wish you a new year filled with many great books, DVDs, and music downloads. Visit our website, www.palmspringslibrary.org for the many things you can download on the spot. You can download hundreds of current magazines, thousands of eBooks, and MILLIONS of songs…Oh My!
If you’re determined to try something new in 2015, attend one of our free classes.

PSGSlogoSaturday, January 3 at 10:00 a.m., the Palm Springs Genealogical Society teaches you how to get started in Genealogy.

 
PS History Lecture 2-JanWednesday, January 14 at 6:30 p.m., Nicolette Wenzell of the Palm Springs Historical Society will give a talk on photographer Paul Pospesil. Nicolette’s lectures are super popular; get here early for parking AND seating. You will be glad you waited in line for a seat.
ACCESSING the Past-(RGB)LOGOWednesday, January 28 at 6:30 p.m., hear more about our Accessing the Past project from Librarian Scott Biegen and Library Director Jeannie Kays. Scott will teach you more about digitizing and organizing your own photos.

 

Tizer Trio

notesLOGO.inddFriday, January 23 at 6:30 p.m. is our second Notes on the Desert concert.  This FREE concert will feature jazz group, Tizer Trio.  This program is generously sponsored by Friends of the Palm Springs Library.  Your $20 membership helps bring programs such as Notes in the Desert and Summer Reading Program to the Palm Springs Library.

 
Star WarsFinally, Wednesday, January 28 at 6:00 p.m. will be our Family Fun Night STAR WARS COSTUME PARTY! Come to the Star Wars Cantina, AKA the Library Youth Room, dressed as your favorite Star Wars character. Enjoy light refreshments and make a craft. Prizes for best costume.

 

We have many more programs, films, and book discussion groups. Visit our website for more details.
Again, Happy New Year! May 2015 be a healthy, prosperous, and educational year.

Jeannie Kays

 

 

 

 

Jeannie Kays, Library Director


Library Postcard from the late 1950’s or early 1960’s

August 25, 2014

Christopher S. from Raleigh, North Carolina contacted us recently via our Facebook page to show us a picture of an old postcard he found. It happened to be an unused Hold Notification postcard from Welwood Murray Memorial Library and Librarian, Dorothy Bear. Based on the $.03 pre-printed stamp, I estimate that the postcard comes from sometime between August 1, 1958 and January 7, 1963, the time span of the $.03 postcard rate. The postcard is a fun piece of Welwood Murray Memorial Library history. Thank you Christopher for this unique donation!

Do you have any old photos, post cards, or bookmarks from our Library that you’d like to share or donate? Do you have photos or other old things from the Palm Springs Public Library? We would be interested in scanning your items for our digital collection (you’ll hear more about our digital collection in the coming months.)  Feel free to stay up-to-date on construction at Welwood Murray Memorial Library HERE.
In the meantime, enjoy the front and back images of this interesting piece of library history.

WMML Hold Notice from Dorothy BearWMML Hold Notice side 2
Library Director, Jeannie Kays

Jeannie Kays