Creating a Personal Archiving Program and Do-It-Yourself Memory Lab for Library Patrons


Collage of memorabilia media and storage.

A do-it-yourself memory lab is a great way to offer patrons a space to preserve their family history—photos, scrapbooks, audio cassettes, and VHS tapes. But creating one from the ground up might feel daunting. What equipment should you purchase? How do you set everything up? Who's going to staff it? And what do patrons need to know before they arrive? In this on-demand webinar, participants learn all the answers to these questions plus ”goodish“ practices to share with patrons who are ready to dive into personal archiving.

Originally presented April 26, 2023.

Learning Outcomes

At the conclusion of this on-demand webinar, participants will be able to:

  • Purchase equipment and set up a do-it-yourself memory lab in their library;
  • Assist patrons with organizing their personal archiving to be able to digitize it; and
  • Locate resources to additional memory lab training and support.

Who Should Attend

This on-demand webinar is intended for all public library staff, especially programmers and technology staff.


Heather Register ZbindenHeather Register Zbinden is the programs and website coordinator for the Roberts Library in Little Rock, part of the Central Arkansas Library System (CALS). She has a Master’s Degree in Public History and has worked on public history projects in central Arkansas for over twenty years. Her work includes projects at the Old State House Museum, the Central High School National Historic Site, and the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center. In her role at CALS, she works with the Encyclopedia of Arkansas, the DIY Memory Lab, and the Butler Center for Arkansas Studies.


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This on-demand webinar is closed captioned in English (United States).

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