This project will eventually become part of
the Hopkinton Town Library's Website. Future additions to the collection
will include digitizing additional texts concerning the project, adding
historical and current photos of the buildings and places depicted in the
quilt squares, and perhaps adding oral histories concerning the scenes to
the digital library.
I would like to thank
Elizabeth Levy for suggesting the project, and Joan Holmes for her
enthusiastic support of the digital library project.
Bobbi Slossar can be contacted at the Hopkinton
Town Library, P.O. Box 266, Contoocook, NH 03229 or 603-746-3663 or by email
Please see the Library's
for more information.
The Contoocook Village Quilt: A Digital Library
was created for the residents of Contoocook and any persons interested in
the history of the village or the effort required to create a community
quilt. The mission of the project is to make the information about the quilt
more accessible to all interested persons.
This digital library is
created from the quilt images and original text created by the quilters.
Additional materials pertaining
directly to the quilt or the buildings and scenes depicted in the quilt
squares may be added at a future time. The Hopkinton Town
Library holds items such as fabric samples, slides, and further text
relating to the making of the quilt.
Future updates to the
digital library will include adding historical and current pictures as well
as oral histories of the buildings and places featured in the quilt.
This project will eventually become an active
part of the Hopkinton Town Library Website. The digital library will be
reviewed monthly to ensure that all links are loading properly. A timeline
will be created to add historical and current photographs of the scenes
depicted in the squares.
This digital library was created in the fall of
2004 in partial completion of requirements for ILS 655, Digital Libraries, a
course at Southern Connecticut State University, taught by Dr. Yan Quan
Liu. This current site is a temporary site created for educational purposes
The digital library will eventually become part
of the Hopkinton Town Library's Website.
At that time, additional changes and further permission from the creators
may be required. No part of this digital library may be copied or reproduced
without the written permission of the Hopkinton Town Library and the Friends
of the Hopkinton Town Library.
Organization of this Digital Library
The Contoocook Village Quilt is organized so as
to support multiple methods of browsing. A grid depicting the location of
each of the squares allows the user to browse the quilt according to how the
squares are arranged. Due to the large size of the quilt image and the
suspected lengthy download time, only small graphics of the quilt squares
were shown by
row to allow for better load time.
The digital library also includes alphabetical
listings of the quilter and the title of the squares.
Furthermore the squares are browsable by
subject. The subjects were broken down into squares that depict such Library
of Congress Subject Headings such as: businesses, dwellings, railroad
stations, public libraries; additionally, a unique subject heading of
actives is used to group together the scenes portrayed in the squares. Each page that depicts a quilt square includes links to all of the
browsing features, other squares with similar subject headings, as well as links to the prior and following squares as
determined by the actual grid order.
As each page only includes information about one
quilt square, the page itself includes Dublin Core metadata describing the
subject headings of the square and the name of the quilter.
The site was created using Microsoft FrontPage.
The pictures were scanned using an HP Scanjet 3970 scanner. Adobe Photoshop
was used to crop and save the images as JPEGs. Some of the text was scanned
and optical character recognition software was used to read the pages;
however, due to the poor quality of the paper pages, most of the text was
keyed in to FrontPage.
There are some slight differences between
viewing the digital library in Microsoft Explorer and Netscape. In Netscape
the mouseovers, a DHTML effect, do not work; this does not appear to affect
the overall display of the page. Also in Netscape the text which describes a
graphic does not display when the mouse is hovering over the picture.
All images and text are the property of the
Friends of the Hopkinton Town Library and the Hopkinton Town Library. It
should be noted that the two libraries serving the Town of Hopkinton were
merged into The Hopkinton Town Library in 1998. The Friends of the Bates
Library are no longer an independent entity.
This page is best viewed in a higher screen
resolution (1024 x 768)
I hope you enjoy viewing
The Contoocook Quilt: A Digital Library!