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Memory Lab Support

The Memory Lab Network was created to help individuals and communities across the United States to preserve their personal histories and recorded memories for the future. By furnishing a free, do-it-yourself space for the digitization of photos, documents, and audiovisual recordings, Memory Labs offer a unique opportunity for organizations to connect with community members, save shared history, and drive home principles of preservation and access. Memory Lab components - equipment and resources – are designed to be modular and scalable, and can be set up variously as in-house, curbside, and/or mobile programs.  

A Memory Lab provides library staff and patrons with guidelines, tools, and training for personal analog and digital archiving. Additionally, California Revealed is available to advise institutions and their community members as they plan and build out their Memory Lab. If community members are willing to save and share a copy of their files with the host Memory Lab, their family's stories can be added automatically to the California Revealed collection of digitized materials related to state history, thereby widening the impact of this community archiving initiative. 

Grantees are encouraged to connect with other Memory Labs to build regional partnerships in California and contribute to the Memory Lab Network - exchanging information, troubleshooting, and reaching wider audiences. Check the Memory Lab Network map for a Memory Lab near you. 


Application Information 

The California State Library currently invites applications for a CopyCat grant that will support the development of a Memory Lab project in a nine-month period (December 2020 - August 2021). Grant awards are for up to $20,000 and can cover staff as well as equipment. The Memory Lab toolkit has been developed to help organizations apply for and implement the project. 

Application deadline: Monday, November 9, 2020. 

Please fill out the CopyCat Application Form.



In partnership with the Memory Lab Network, California Revealed will provide support and training through the course of the grant, and beyond. Based on the Memory Lab Network training model, these monthly webinars will provide grantees with practical knowledge in digitization, and help them plan their own digitization program.  


The following webinar sessions will be available: 


Webinar 1: The Memory Lab Model(s): on-site/curbside/mobile

Friday, January 15, 2021, 10:00am-11:30am

Recording is available here and slides (.pdf) are here


Webinar 2: Memory Lab Goals and Expectations: Formulating a Plan

Friday, February 12, 2021 - 10:00am-11:30am

Pre-webinar homework: complete this planning document for your Memory Lab

Recording is available here and slides (.pdf) are here


Webinar 3: Memory Lab Introduction to Digital Concepts

Friday, March 12, 2021 - 10:00am-11:30am

Recording is available here and slides (.pdf) are here


Webinar 4: Memory Lab Introduction to Audiovisual Preservation 

Friday, April 9, 2021 - 10:00am-11:30am

Recording is available here and slides (.pdf) are here


Webinar 5: Memory Lab Equipment Set Up, Workflows and Troubleshooting 

Friday, May 14, 2021 - 10:00am-11:30am

Recording is available here and slides (.pdf) are here


Webinar 6: Training Your Memory Lab Staff 

Friday, June 11, 2021 - 10:00am-11:30am

Recording is available here and slides (.pdf) are here


Webinar 7: Evaluating Your Memory Lab 

Friday, July 30, 2021 - 10:00am-11:30am 

Recording is available here and slides (.pdf) are here


Webinar 8: Sustaining and Expanding Your Memory Lab 

Friday, August 20, 2021 - 10:00am-11:30am

Recording is available here and slides (.pdf) are here


Brown Bags: Let's mingle and share Memory Lab plans!

How are folks feeling these days with their planning? Any common challenges we could address as a group? Any particular topics we've touched upon during the webinar training that need more time?

We meet the last Tuesday of each month at noon:

Tuesday, June 29, 2021 - 12:00pm-1:00pm
Tuesday, July 27, 2021 - 12:00pm-1:00pm
Tuesday, August 31, 2021 - 12:00pm-1:00pm

Register here


Questions about the CopyCat Grant Application process? 

Contact Lena Pham, Library Programs Consultant 



Questions about the California Revealed/Memory Lab partnership? 

Contact Pamela Vadakan, Director, California Revealed