Friday, August 19, 2016

Launch party next week

BURBANK IN FOCUS is Burbank Public Library's brand-new digital photo collection. The librarians in charge of the collection scan historical photos that represent Burbank's heritage, and put them on the internet at The photos have come from city departments, local organizations and the public; and there are currently more than 800 photographs online.

The collection is browsable and keyword searchable, and the photos have whatever information we have been able to obtain attached to them. This is where the library could use help from the public, however; if you are browsing the collection and see a photo with incomplete information (i.e., the people in the photo or the buildings and locations are not identified, or the year is not noted but you know when the photo was taken), please share your knowledge with us! We want to get all the underlying descriptions as complete as possible for the collection.

‘Marine Day,’ April 21, 1968, on Burbank's Golden Mall. Four hundred Marines
from Camp Pendleton were the guests of the City of Burbank
in a day-long celebration topped by a trip to Disneyland.

Can people donate photos?
Yes. We actually scan your photo and then return it to you, along with a digital copy of the scan on a flash drive for you to keep. We do need donors to sign a release form in order for us to put their photos on our website.

What kind of photos are you looking for?
Pretty much anything that depicts life in Burbank!

How do I donate?
You can come to one of our periodic scanning events, or you can make an appointment by sending an email to, or by calling 818 238-5580. Ask for Jeff or Kristin.

Although the website is already live, the library is having an official launch party for the Burbank in Focus collection on Thursday, August 25 at 7:00 p.m. at the Central Library. There will be presentations, a website tour, and light refreshments. We invite you to join us!

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