Culture in Transit

June 2015 - May 2016 Culture in Transit was a partnership between the Metropolitan New York Library Council, the Brooklyn Public Library and Queens Library that brought mobile scanning equipment to smaller libraries, archives, museums, and the communities they serve. The project offered library patrons and cultural heritage institutions an opportunity to create digital copies of their materials using state-of-the-art equipment. Digitized materials were shared with the public through local digital archives and also through the Digital Public Library of America. Culture in Transit was one of twenty-two projects to win the Knight Foundation’s Knight News Challenge on Libraries in 2014. This project expanded the Queens Memory model of democratizing the archives by collecting and digitizing local history material at community events throughout New York City. Culture in Transit was funded with a $330,000 grant from the Knight Foundation. The Culture in Transit toolkit is now available for anyone interested in the methods and equipment used by Queens Memory.