We’re interested in your feedback about another pilot project, related to our transcription pilot project.
Here at the GHL, we have a pretty extensive genealogy vertical file. It contains research and primary sources submitted by patrons, for other patrons’ use, over the course of many years. While it’d be great to have all of these digitized and put freely online, about 90-95% of the contents are under copyright.
One idea we have is to allow people to full text search the contents (which can’t be done now), but only present a small image of the document. You’d then have to come to the library to get the actual document from the file. Here is what you might come up with if you did a full text search on the term “Waddill.”
So what do you think? Is this too confusing and frustrating? Is it worth the effort, to have these documents full text searchable? Please leave us a comment below and let us know what you think, and pass on our request to others who might have insight. It’ll help us determine how to proceed with these valuable and often unique resources.