PUBLISHED: 2:50 PM on Wednesday, November 15, 2006
City Museum receives 2006 Pathfinder Award
"Try it you'll like it," a well-known phrase that has recently become a common response from the staff of the Juneau-Douglas City Museum. As more and more members from the local community and across the United States see the City Museum as a resource for information on Juneau, staff members are frequently referring researchers to check out Digital Bob, the on-line searchable database of over 700 articles by Bob De Armond.

"Researchers that we have talked to who are using digital bob have commented to us that it is wonderful, but addictive!" explained Museum Director Jane Lindsey.

At the 2006 Museums Alaska/ Alaska Historical Society Annual Meeting held in Juneau on October 4-7, the Juneau-Douglas City Museum and Juneau resident Mike Blackwell were awarded the 2006 Pathfinder Award from the Alaska Historical Society for their efforts in preparing Digital Bob.

The Pathfinder award is given to an individual or several individuals who have indexed or prepared guides to materials that have not been accessible.

Past recipients of the award include, 2005 Alexandra J. McClanahan, 2004 Dick and Marie Kent (for AJ Mine employee records database) and in 1999 the Alaska State Library Newspaper Project.

"I'm delighted that "Digital Bob" received the 2006 Pathfinder Award from the Alaska Historical Society,' stated AHS president Bruce Merrell.

"Some of the earliest telephones in Alaska ran from the mines to downtown Juneau, and the efforts to get a telephone connection between Juneau and Douglas are documented very well in the Digital Bob excerpts. Having this sort of information on-line and searchable typifies the new direction that museums and libraries are taking."

The online archives, which went live in February 2006 includes topics such as the rowdy days of the gold camps and mines, small-town rivalries, Native rights, fishing and statehood.