University of Scranton Participation in the PALINET Mass Digitization Collaborative

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  • 1. The University of Scranton Weinberg Memorial Library Participation in PALINET Mass Digitization Collaborative 2008
  • 2. About Scranton • Mid-sized, private Jesuit university – ~4,000 FT undergrads – ~1,500 PT and graduate • No, we don’t know Jim and Pam! • But we do eat at Cooper’s.
  • 3. About the Weinberg Memorial Library • Almost 500,000 books • Over 30,000 full text online periodicals • 8 full time faculty librarians • 27 staff members
  • 4. Why Participate? • Increased access to Library resources – Distance education – Conversion to digital library • Cost • Coordination and help from PALINET – We’re new at this! (especially me)
  • 5. Our Team • University Archivist – Margaret Craft • Special Collections Librarian – Michael Knies • Systems Coordinator – Mary Kovalcin • Digital Services Librarian – Kristen Yarmey-Tylutki
  • 6. Our Process • Selection – Books in public domain – Unique or unusual – Harder than we thought!
  • 7. Book Selection • Pilot – Focus on local history, pre – 1923 – Six books chosen • Production – Local history – University publications? – Course catalogs?
  • 8. Our Process • Submit Pick/Packing list to PALINET and IA • Set up Z39.50 connection for MARC records – Estimated 8-10 days • Site visit (Princeton) – Books dropped off 9/22 – Most books available online 10/08 – All six books available 10/10
  • 9. Quality Review – Examined page-by-page PDF, flipbook, and JPEG2000 for all six books – IA gave us plenty of time to review before shipping books back
  • 10. Quality Review • Results – JPEG2000s good – Full text searching is good – Foldouts aren’t ideal – Derivatives: lose quality in exchange for file size • PDFs: blurry images • Flipbook: illegible text
  • 11. Quality Review PDF JPEG2000
  • 12. Quality Review Flipbook
  • 13. Quality Review • Bottom line/IA response – Recommend PDF for general users • Compromise between detail and file size – Flipbook is still in beta format – Recommend JPEG2000 for researchers • Just like Roy said…
  • 14. Our Process • What’s next: – Add digital books to catalog – Create digital library collection in CONTENTdm
  • 15. Marketing and PR • Pilot: – Library blog post – Informing staff and librarians • Production: – Collaborate with PR department – Press release – Postcards
  • 16. Questions? Kristen Yarmey-Tylutki Digital Services Librarian The University of Scranton Weinberg Memorial Library yarmeyk2@scranton.edu