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Digital Library Startup
 

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Presentation on starting digital initiatives with little funding for the NJLA Conference, April 27, 2010.

Presentation on starting digital initiatives with little funding for the NJLA Conference, April 27, 2010.

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    • Brigid Burke Technical Services & Digital Projects Librarian Fairleigh Dickinson University
      • 300,000 Books
      • 500 Maps
      • Special collections:
        • 5,000 items in Madison Archives (not including Sammartino Archives)
        • 7,000 items in Hackensack Archives
      • No organized digital projects
      • Canon scanner and Photoshop
      • No server for digital projects
      • No budget for digital projects
      • No staff (except for me)
      • Money, money, money
      • Who is interested in our collections?
      • In house or outsource?
      • Where are we going to put it?
      • Small projects can be done in house:
        • 100 pages of text, 100 images, or less
        • Text, photo, or audio sources
        • Size of text/photos cannot be greater than 8 ½” x 11”
      • Larger projects require grant funding
      • Talk to University Advancement office—deal with privately funded grants, alumni donations.
      • Talk to Alumni Association, Friends of the Library, other interested groups.
      • Find out what archival materials are being requested from Reference and Archives staff.
      • Think about the history of your library, your materials, your university or town.
      • Keep it small, focused, and measurable
      • Read the grant guidelines carefully
      • Look at samples of grants from previous recipients
      • Basic parts of a grant:
        • State your objective clearly
        • State why it’s important
        • Provide a reasonable budget
        • Provide a mechanism for determining if you’ve met your objective
      • The FDU Library opted to purchase Content dm software, licensing, and hosting from OCLC.
      • Other options:
      • In-house only database
      • Your university (or library or municipality)’s web server
      • Purchase web server space
      • Cloud computing services
      • A scanner
      • A program for editing scanned images
      • Software for converting podcasts or other sound files to MP3s
      • PDF creator and editor
      • Computer storage space
      • Start with small projects
      • Simple metadata (DC is easiest and most flexible)
      • Finish one project before starting another
      • Test project?
      • Look to current digitization articles and best practices sites for guidance
      • Picasa3 (Photos) : http://picasa.google.com/
      • Picnik (Photos) : http://www.picnik.com/
      • Audacity (Sound Files) : http://audacity.sourceforge.net/
      • Switch Sound File Converter (Sound Files) : http://www.nch.com.au/switch/
      • CT Developing (PDF creation/editing) : http://www.ctdeveloping.com/ctdeveloping/products/pdftypewriter_info.asp
      • Dspace, Greenstone, ePrints (Repository software) :
      • http://www.dspace.org/
      • http://www.greenstone.org/
      • http://www.eprints.org/
      • WordPress (interface and hosting options)
      • http://wordpress.org/
      • Penn State : http://www.libraries.psu.edu/psul/digipres/bestpractices.html#internet
      • Washington State Library: http://digitalwa.statelib.wa.gov/newsite/projectmgmt/index.htm
      • LYRASIS Mass Digitization Collaborative (ends January 2011) http://www.lyrasis.org/Products-and-Services/Digital-Services/Mass-Digitization-Collaborative.aspx
      • NJ Digital Highway http://www.njdigitalhighway.org
      • DASH (eBrary) http://www.ebrary.com/kb/librarian/dash.jsp