Preserve and share California history! 2019/2020 California Revealed nominations due Monday, September 30, 2019

It’s all about access.

California Revealed has announced that their 2019/2020 application process is now open, with a nomination submission deadline of Monday, September 30, 2019. California Revealed is a State Library-supported project assisting California’s libraries, archives, museums, and historical societies to digitize and provide
long-term access to historically-significant collections.  Historical items include books, documents, maps, newspapers, photographs, and audiovisual recordings.  The project also provides access and preservation services for existing digital collections. 

Institutions interested in submitting an application should fill out the California Revealed 2019/2020 application form and nominate items they wish to digitize.
All nominations must be accompanied by metadata records, submitted using the California Revealed online repository, Islandora. To set up an account in Islandora, please contact

If an institution has large batches of records, a spreadsheet form is available.  Applicants are encouraged to review guidelines for participation.  For further information contact California Revealed staff at 916.653.5074 or send an email to

Backstage Library Works has the expertise and equipment to digitize local materials. We can digitize on-site at your location or in our preservation studios. For help in defining your project’s scope and calculating costs, please contact your Backstage representative and ask about our digitization services. Call us at 1-800-288-1265 or send an email to

Backstage announces generic name headings now include VIAF name/work matching

Provo, Utah, May 21, 2019 – Backstage Library Works ( is pleased to announce exciting changes to its authority control and data cleanup processes. The generic name heading matching process now includes VIAF name/work matching. Continue reading

Crossing borders, blazing trails and preserving cultural heritage – Backstage at CIMA & SSA Annual Meeting


May 13, 2019Backstage Library Works’ microfilming, digitizing, and cataloging services will be represented at the 2019 Conference of Inter-Mountain Archivists & Society of Southwest Archivists Joint Annual Meeting in Tucson, Arizona.

Visit with Backstage’s Theresa Kidd on May 16th and 17th at the Tucson Marriott University Park hotel to learn the essentials of how Backstage processes rare and fragile materials, makes metadata more useful, and creates better access to physical and digital collections. Continue reading

History Preserved in Perkasie, Pennsylvania

May 9, 2019 –  What do silk mills, brickyards, cigar manufacturing, baseball stitching, farming, the railroad, and a trolley all have in common? They are part of the unique and colorful history of Perkasie, Pennsylvania dating back to the 1800s.  News of the day included everything from who came to dinner on Friday night to the recent developments of local businesses.

In an effort to preserve this valuable history, the Perkasie Historical Society hired Backstage Library Works to microfilm the fragile newspapers.  Backstage microfilmed The Central News publications dating from 1881 to 1943, and the News-Herald  issues dating from 1943 to 2000.

Perkasie news has been an asset to residents and visitors alike.  Watch the fascinating report by Hayden Mitman, Bucks County Reporter for PBS39 News Tonight as he interviews Louise Doll, Vice President of the Perkasie Historical Society, and Richard Doll, Co-Curator of the Perkasie Historical Society.

To view the entire PBS39 News Tonight segment for April 29, 2019, click on the link below.  The Perkasie Historical Society report starts at marker 13:35.

To learn how Backstage can help with your next preservation project, call 1.800.288.1265, visit us online at, or send an email to