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State Library of Queensland’s Heritage Collection digitisation projects: The Curse and it’s Cure - Christine Ianna

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  • 1. 'Collections and Digital Initiatives‘ Museum & Gallery Services Queensland Thursday 15 October 2pm-5pm State Library of Queensland’s Heritage Collection digitisation projects: The Curse and it’s Cure Christine Ianna Manager, Publications Reformatting christine.ianna@slq.qld.gov.au
  • 2. OVERVIEW 1. Scope of SLQ Heritage Collections 2. Digitising Options 3. Assessment of capacity of Kirtas® Automated High Speed Book Scanner 4. A case study -The Curse and It’s Cure by Dr T.P.Lucas –digitised and discoverable on-line 5. The Future!!
  • 3. 1. SLQ's Heritage collections ۩ John Oxley Library, established in 1934 • ~9,000 collections of written and printed original materials • ~346,893 published materials (as a minimum) • ~67,250 music scores • ~4,263 hymns • ~ 1million+ pictures/slides
  • 4. 2. Digitising Options ۩ Internal  Camera • Image taken from above • Suitable for fragile items • Varying qualities depending on camera and operator capability  flat bed scanner • Object required to be scanned face down • Convenient but not necessarily to a standard • Not suitable for fragile bound pages • Relatively slow
  • 5. 2. Digitising Options ۩ External Overhead ‘book’ scanners • Book eye®, ATIZ® etc ― Books can remain bound ― Split platen/cradle supports spine of book to minimise damage Automated Book Scanner • Kirtas® ― High speed scanner ― 90o book cradle mechanism minimises damage ― Books can remain bound
  • 6. 3. Assessment of capacity of Kirtas® Automated High Speed Book Scanner Books selected* for trial- Variety of sizes Text Text & images Colour combinations Assorted bindings + Out of copyright
  • 7. 3. The Kirtas® Automated High Speed Book Scanner ۩ Turns pages using a slight vacuum ۩ Operator experience essential ۩ Not able to scan loose pages or ۩ Not able to scan fold out inserts ۩ Digital files produced include  Archive TIFs Research JPGs Searchable PDFs Thumbnail
  • 8. 4. A case study ۩ First title loaded to SLQ website The Curse and It’s Cure Author Dr T.P.Lucas published in two volumes in 1894 One of the first novels set in Brisbane Very brittle Too fragile to allow access
  • 9. 4. The Curse and It’s Cure ۩ Going Live!  Archive TIF, Research JPGs, Searchable PDFs and Thumbnail files Ingested into Digitool  Now discoverable by ‘One search’  Links included in bibliographic record  Searchable PDF version online  Thumbnail display  Can be viewed as a virtual book **Interestingly ‘went live’ during the Brisbane Writer’s festival and proved more popular with SLQ twitter clients than the recent dust storms
  • 10. Digitisation ۩Benefits Available to anyone around the world Clients can now print pages & illustrations (especially where they couldn’t copy before) Provides searchable text saves hours Reduces handling of fragile items and minimises damage BUT………
  • 11. Digitisation ۩ Lessons Do it once! Do it well! Collaborate- don’t reinvent the wheel Know where to find it- sort the metadata and file names out beforehand Clarify copyright Attribute ownership
  • 12. THE FUTURE?? Already there’s a book scanner being developed by the Ishikawa Komuro Laboratory in Tokyo can reportedly digitize at 1000 frames-per-second. A Japanese TV station story on this new technology is impressive even if you don't speak Japanese http://www.tv-tokyo.co.jp/wbs/trend_tamago/tt_154.html Or perhaps the Video: Espresso Book Machine 2.0 an automated book-making machine where an operator selects a title to print, and within a few minutes a book emerges, with full-colour cover, trimmed to an exact size, and indistinguishable from the publisher’s version- truly “Hot off the press!” http://www.ondemandbooks.com/video2.htm
  • 13. In the meantime: ۩ Keep up to date with our new publications as they go live by subscribing to SLQ newsletter/rss /twitter feeds