Leading Edge

Leading Edge of Nations Libraries

  • Updated Jul 21, 2013

The ANRL is approaching the leading edge of the nation’s libraries as it has begun to convert its collection to an electronic format. This will, first of all preserve a fragile and mostly paper collection of documents in a format that will better withstand the ravages of time. It will also allow a copy the collection to be stored in an offsite location, so that it would not be lost should a disaster befall the Library itself. Secondly it will allow the collection to be made available to individuals and groups for research in an electronic format (PDF) that facilitates search and copy activities. Several things are happening in parallel. The Library is listed on the Library of Congress Website and is planning to have an index of the collection included in the Library of Congress’s index. This will allow anyone who electronically searches for a particular document or topic to find a link that indicates that the document may be found at the ANRL in Kissimmee, FL. In addition, we are scanning portions of the collection of unbound documents, using a flat bed scanner and have begun scanning bound documents using a scanner designed for that purpose. The scanned images are being stored in PDF format. As of the end of 2012 we have scanned and processed more than 45,000 pages of material which represents only a fraction of our collection. Finally, and perhaps most importantly, the Library is engaged in a series of activities aimed at raising the substantial funds required to accomplish this task. Grants from a variety of foundations and other sources of funds are being aggressively pursued, including soliciting donations from the AANR regions. Individuals with a desire to help the Library in this effort are encouraged to contact us at 407–933–2866 or at any of the other ways shown on the contact web page. Bequests are especially welcomed! Anyone who is the Kissimmee area and has the time and energy to help with the herculean task of scanning many thousands of pages of documents, should also contact us as above. As scanning proceeds we will be making the newly digitized files available to researchers and interested individuals for their use at the Library.

Thank You for your support of this massive project!!