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Presentation at the LIFE-SHARE Project's Digitisation Collaboration Colloquium, in Sheffield, March 2011. Uploaded with permission.

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    • Digitisation in the PUBLIC EYE
      James Robinson
      Gwen Jones
      The John Rylands University Library
      Manchester
    • Digitisation in the PUBLIC EYE
      Aims and Objectives
      • to discuss the advantages and disadvantages of digitisation with a public audience
      • the logistics of digitising in a public space
      • methods of audience engagement
      • the costs against value of digitisation with a public audience
    • Centre for Heritage Digitisation and Collection Care (CHICC)
      CHICC Aim:
      CHICC is a John Rylands University Library initiative to examine the demand for a regional Centre of Excellence for Heritage Digitisation, embedded within the University of Manchester.  We will establish partnerships with museums, libraries and archive repositories throughout the region, and beyond, to develop and test collaborative models for digitisation.  
      The chief outcomes will be a feasibility study and a business plan for offering digitisation services to the heritage sector and beyond.
      • Explore and test various business models and practices
      with external partners
      • Achieve economies of scale by competitively marketing our
      services and expertise
      • Develop a strategy for continuation and long-term sustainability
      of digitisation activities
      • Define best-practice for object-centred digitisation
      • Expand our existing on-line content by hosting related materials
      held by other institutions
      • Fulfil JISC, Library and University strategic goals
      CHICC Project Objectives
      4
    • CHICC partners
      Chetham’s Library
      Brotherton Library
      Manchester Metropolitan University
      Manchester Museum
      CENGAGE learning
      The Folio Society
      National Trust Historic
      House Libraries - Townend, Tatton, Petworth
    • Digitising
      Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales
      Petworth House, Sussex
    • Digitisation Day
      at John Rylands Library
      • Free open day
      • Wider audience
      • New visitors
      • Give advice on caring for items
      • Promote service to public
    • Tatton Park, Knutsford
    • Combining the strengths of UMIST and
      The Victoria University of Manchester
    • Text
      Costs against Value
      Text
    • Why would the Public be interested?
      • Everyone like to see behind the scenes!
      • Items usually hidden away are out ‘on display’
      • Digital technology allows a much closer look, from much further away
      • Advice
    • Creating an Event
      • Increased visitor numbers
      • Reaching out to a different demographic
      • Reaching out to new audiences
      • Media Interest - television and radio interviews
      • Online media interest - using social media
      • Building audiences for the future
      - blog subscriptions, twitter followers etc
    • Interaction with Public - methods of audience engagement
      • Using another laptop with slideshow
      • iPad
      • Face to face interaction
      • Live demonstrations
      • Signage
    • Visual Resources
      • Handouts - information about what we are doing
      • Handouts - information about the project
      • Information about the venue
      • Information about collections
      • Use of audio visual media platforms
      • Links to visit on the internet
    • Interactive Audio Visual Resources
      • Displaying images on an iPad
      • Using another laptop to display images or powerpoint
      • The iPad itself attracted interest from visitors
      • Children’s engagement with the iPad
    • Security
      Digitisation of Special Collections usually takes place in a secure environment, when opening the process up to a public audience many factors need to be taken in to consideration.
      • Creating a barrier - look but don’t touch!
      • Staffing levels - we identified three key needs; collection care,
      keeping the equipment safe, public engagement
      • Environment - a member of the collection care team monitored
      the humidity and temperature levels
      • Protecting the venue - creating a space for digitisation
      CC image by °Florian
    • Conclusions
      • Beneficial for all parties
      • Not without Costs
      • Value outweighs cost
      • Great promotion of services/collections
      • Applying new technologies
    • Text
      What’s next....
      • Social Media
      • Crowd-sourcing
      • Follow on work e.g. facsimiles
      • Interactive Exhibits
      • Online Collection
      • ‘Museum Experience’ for the Digital Age
      Text
    • Thank you!
      chiccmanchester.worpress.com
      manchester.ac.uk/library/chicc
      Twitter; @chiccmanchester
      james.robinson-3@manchester.ac.uk
      gwen.jones@manchester.ac.uk
      Combining the strengths of UMIST and
      The Victoria University of Manchester