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Digitization On A Shoestring: Scanning for Small Libraries
 

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    Digitization On A Shoestring: Scanning for Small Libraries Digitization On A Shoestring: Scanning for Small Libraries Presentation Transcript

    • Digitization on a Shoestring Basics of Scanning for Small Libraries Dave LaCrone - Johnson County Library
    • Challenges
      • Small IT departments
        • Or depend on county/city IT?
      • Not a lot of time to dedicate to scanning
      • Limited staff and monetary resources
      • Documentation produced by and for larger libraries
      • Others?
    • Digitization Project Steps
      • Select materials for digitization
      • Choose access mechanism (software)
      • Obtain needed software & equipment
      • Scan items
      • Catalog and upload
      • Preserve archival images
      • Market your collection
      • Document what you did
    • Selection
      • What will you scan?
        • Photos, manuscripts, books, maps, graphics…
      • Choose items that lend themselves to web display
      • Start Small!
    • Access Systems
      • Choose one you are comfortable with!
      • Decide what’s most important to you
        • Cataloging functionality? Web 2.0 tools? Ease of use? Pretty templates? Price?
      • Every choice involves customization
    • Access Systems (contd.)
      • Flickr – Regina Public Library
      • Omeka – Ringwood Public Library
      • Drupal – Black Archives of Mid-America
      • CONTENTdm – JoCoHistory
      • Greenstone – Detroit Public Library
      • Also Wordpress, DSpace, others
    • Software & Equipment
      • Scanner
      • Computer
      • Scanning Software*
      • Image Editing software
      • OCR software (if necessary)*
      • Plenty of Storage (CD, DVD, Hard drives)
      • See options on handout
      • * Usually comes with scanner
    • Scanning
      • Settings are listed on handout
      • More DPI, higher bit depth = larger file size
      • Thumbnails usually auto-generated
      • Meaningful file-naming convention
      • Perform quality control on scanned images
    • Cataloging
      • Schema
        • Dublin Core
      • Controlled Vocabularies
        • LCSH, TGM, AAT…
        • Names
        • Local
      • Tags
    • Preservation
      • Keep copies of TIFFs in more than 1 location
        • CDs, Hard drives
      • Periodically revisit & reformat
    • Promoting Your Collection
      • Within the organization
      • To persons affected by the project
      • The Press
      • Patrons
      • Community stakeholders
      • To library community
      • Regional libraries & orgs
      • Blogosphere
    • Document What You Did
      • Meet with staff after completion
      • Document lessons learned
      • Note suggestions for improvement
      • Consider presenting or publishing case study
      • Capture user feedback
      • Plan for the next project!
    • Thank You!
      • Questions?