The archival nature of the department in visual and acoustic material serves all the events of Vikelaia Library with modern electronic audiovisual media. As part of the operation of the Department, the “Cinema Club” was founded in collaboration with executives of the old Heraklion Film Club and operated for eight years, showing great films.
In collaboration with expert musicologists, lessons on classical music, jazz, New Age, etc. were offered to the friends-members of the Library, on a weekly basis for three consecutive years.
All library activities, as well as other important events held in municipal halls and open theaters are being recorded and videotaped.
A series of “live” testimonies were recorded on videotapes regarding the events of the German occupation period.
In collaboration with specialized professors of the University of the Aegean and the University of Crete, the Library makes recordings and video recordings of scientific interest, not only for the wider area of Heraklion but also for areas outside Crete – such as Gavdos, Chios and Samos. Documentaries produced for this purpose won awards at the festivals where they were screened.
The project entitled “Digital applications of culture through the audiovisual treasures of Vikelaia Municipal Library with the use of cutting-edge technologies” aims to disseminate the audiovisual content of the Library to the wider public through the use of high standard digital information services.
The project was carried out under the Operational Program “Crete 2014-2020”. It is a co- financed project by the European Regional Development Fund and national resources. UniSystems as the contractor company implemented the project with the contribution of the Foundation for Research & Technology – Hellas.
The project aims at multiple benefits that concern:
- the promotion of the cultural heritage and history of Crete, as recorded through the rich audiovisual archive of the Library
- digital recording and preservation of documents
- the provision of enhanced digital experience and information through modern, multimedia environments.
The vision of the Audiovisual Department is the continuous recording-updating of its archive with new digitized and documented material, in order to promote and support its research, study and utilization by specialists and the general public.
In the framework of the project, the following were designed and implemented:
- Documentation and digitization of the audiovisual archive of the Vikelaia Municipal Library. A total of 350 videotapes, 400 audio cassettes, 300 bobbins, 100 postcards, 50 maps were digitized
- Content management system and web portal for the promotion of the audiovisual archive of the Vikelaia Municipal Library
- Interactive audiovisual application using augmented reality technologies
- Interactive educational applications