Nelson Photo News Project Now in Full Swing

Make it Digital Award winners - The Friends of the Nelson Library Microfilm Sub-committee are blogging their experience of working collaboratively to digitise the Nelson Photo News. You can read their other posts here and here.

Following many years of fundraising, digitisation of the Nelson Photo News by the Nelson Library Microfilm Subcommittee is now in full swing.

Once we had secured sufficient funding, the first step was to put together a full set of magazines and Nelson Public Library were very helpful in handing over their set for the project to use.
To ensure that contaminants weren't passed on to the Nelson Provincial Museum collection, the magazines had to undergo a requisite period of freezing and treating, before condition reporting could commence.

Volunteers at Nelson Provincial Museum then began the task of checking through each copy of the Nelson Photo News checking for marks, defects or missing pages to ensure that the set which was digitised was as complete and pristine as possible.
Nelson Provincial Museum Digital Cataloguing Technician Megan Hansen-Knarhoi and Museum Volunteer Pam Mason work on condition reporting Nelson Photo News issues loaned by Joan Inwood from Richmond for the project
Nelson Provincial Museum Digital Cataloguing Technician Megan Hansen-Knarhoi and Museum Volunteer Pam Mason work on condition reporting Nelson Photo News issues loaned by Joan Inwood from Richmond for the project

At the end of the process it was found that several additional issues were needed to complete the set. Following a call in local newspapers for owners of Photo News collections to come forward, we were able to secure the missing issues from a private collection.

"Taming the Mighty Maitai" Photo spread Nelson Photo News. 1969, Nelson N.Z. : Logan: 99 (Feb 6), 60-61   
"Taming the Mighty Maitai" Photo spread Nelson Photo News. 1969, Nelson N.Z. : Logan: 99 (Feb 6), 60-61

  "Terrific Fun for a Tremendous Crowd" Image by Barry Simpson, Nelson Photo News Collection: 1394 fr 15
"Terrific Fun for a Tremendous Crowd" Image by Barry Simpson, Nelson Photo News Collection: 1394 fr 15

While condition reporting work continued, three issues chosen from the early, middle and end publishing periods were sent away to the digitisation supplier to be used for a pilot test study. These three issues will be digitised in line with the proposal submitted by the supplier and at the end, a working sample of the proposed website will be available for us to look at online. The sample will also include examples of various options so that we can evaluate these and establish our preferences before the full digitisation commences. It will also allow us to check how images appear, the resolution at which they appear and how images could be suppressed if we can not run images because of copyright issues. Once this example has been refined to a working standard, the remainder of the issues will be sent away for the wholesale digitisation work to begin.

"Nelson's Music Industry" photo spread in Nelson Photo News. 1965, Nelson N.Z. : Logan: 51 (Feb 6), 38-39 
"Nelson's Music Industry" photo spread in Nelson Photo News. 1965, Nelson N.Z. : Logan: 51 (Feb 6), 38-39

"Final tests are made by Mr H F Roberts" Barry Simpson, Nelson Photo News Collection: 3285 fr 4
"Final tests are made by Mr H F Roberts" Barry Simpson, Nelson Photo News Collection: 3285 fr 4