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Library & Archives Lunch Hour – Digitizing the Archives

Library & Archives Lunch Hour – Digitizing the Archives


September 6, 2022 @ 12:00 pm 1:00 pm EDT

CENTRO’s Digital Collections is an ever-growing resource of material digitized from the Archive’s holdings. It provides access to over 32,000 photographs, documents, artifacts, art, maps, oral histories, moving images, audio clips, and other material pertaining to the Puerto Rican diaspora. This Library Lunch Hour explores the process of how we digitize collections at CENTRO, an effort made possible through a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Join CENTRO’s Digital Archivist, Lindsay Wittwer, and CENTRO Library Manager, Aníbal Arocho, as we review 2 digital images that have been recently digitized, and explore the unique challenges presented by the digitization process, and digitize a specific piece of history of your choosing! 

Lindsay Wittwer is the Digital Archivist and Collections Manager at the Center for Puerto Rican Studies at Hunter College, CUNY. In this role she oversees CENTRO’s digital archives and archival collections discovery platforms, digitization program, preservation of the archive’s born-digital holdings, audiovisual archives, accessioning, arrangement and description of the physical holdings of the archives, and reproduction services. She also serves as the coordinator for archives-related grants and special projects. Lindsay is also an adjunct professor in the Archives and Public History program at New York University teaching Digital Archives. She served on the Society of American Archivists Standards Committee from 2016-2022. Lindsay holds an MA in Archival Management and in Public History from New York University and a BA in History and Spanish from Providence College.


Aníbal Arocho is the Library Manager at the Center for Puerto Rican Studies Library & Archive at CUNY Hunter College. He manages library reference services and a growing collection of over 18,000 items. He holds a Masters of Science in Library and Information Science from the Pratt Institute. 

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