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New scanner to enable community to add to photos to library collection

By Staff | Apr 5, 2018

PHOTO PROVIDED Photograph from the Sanibel Public Library's collection.

When the Sanibel Public Library’s renovation is completed in the fall, new equipment will make it much easier for visitors to add their old photographs to the permanent vintage collection online.

A new high-resolution photo scanner will be available for the public to use. People simply need to bring their photos in, scan them and make them available online for future generations.

“We are very pleased to have this opportunity to greatly expand our online historic photo collection,” Margaret Mohundro, executive director of the library, said. “Best of all, people don’t have to actually ‘give’ the photos to us. The photo owners can scan them on a high-resolution machine and take the original photos with them, along with a set of all the digital files.”

“For the purposes of this collection, ‘vintage’ is considered anything through 1999,” she added.

It is being funded in part by the Sanibel Public Library Foundation’s Roni Jo Freer Fund.

PHOTO PROVIDED Photograph from the Sanibel Public Library's collection.

The Pfeifer Vintage Photo Collection began as an outgrowth of the five historic documentaries on Sanibel that Eric Pfeifer sponsored. As film producer David E. Carter searched for old photos to use in the stories, he realized that “there are many people out there with photo treasures that need to be shared.”

“Residents and visitors alike are fascinated by Sanibel and how it evolved into its current state, and photos from our earlier times are invaluable in telling that story,” library archivist Betty Anholt said. “We encourage everyone to go through their old photos an share them.”

Pfeifer is equally excited about the new equipment.

“Our community is paradise because many islanders before us were dedicated to protecting these islands,” he said. “Preserving Sanibel and Captiva history with documentaries and expanding this Sanibel library’s photo collection is a privilege and a project we are proud to support.”

The Sanibel Public Library is at 770 Dunlop Road.