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Digitisation in the Public Eye


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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

  1. 1. Digitisation in the PUBLIC EYE<br />James Robinson<br />Gwen Jones<br />The John Rylands University Library<br />Manchester<br />
  2. 2. Digitisation in the PUBLIC EYE<br />Aims and Objectives<br /><ul><li> to discuss the advantages and disadvantages of digitisation with a public audience
  3. 3. the logistics of digitising in a public space
  4. 4. methods of audience engagement
  5. 5. the costs against value of digitisation with a public audience</li></li></ul><li>Centre for Heritage Digitisation and Collection Care (CHICC)<br />CHICC Aim:<br />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.  <br />The chief outcomes will be a feasibility study and a business plan for offering digitisation services to the heritage sector and beyond.<br />
  6. 6. <ul><li> Explore and test various business models and practices </li></ul> with external partners<br /><ul><li> Achieve economies of scale by competitively marketing our </li></ul> services and expertise<br /><ul><li> Develop a strategy for continuation and long-term sustainability </li></ul> of digitisation activities<br /><ul><li> Define best-practice for object-centred digitisation
  7. 7. Expand our existing on-line content by hosting related materials </li></ul> held by other institutions<br /><ul><li> Fulfil JISC, Library and University strategic goals </li></ul>CHICC Project Objectives<br />4<br />
  8. 8. CHICC partners<br />Chetham’s Library<br />Brotherton Library<br />Manchester Metropolitan University<br />Manchester Museum<br />CENGAGE learning<br />The Folio Society<br />National Trust Historic <br />House Libraries - Townend, Tatton, Petworth<br />
  9. 9. Digitising <br />Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales<br />Petworth House, Sussex<br />
  10. 10.
  11. 11. Digitisation Day <br />at John Rylands Library<br /><ul><li> Free open day
  12. 12. Wider audience
  13. 13. New visitors
  14. 14. Give advice on caring for items
  15. 15. Promote service to public </li></li></ul><li>Tatton Park, Knutsford<br />
  16. 16. Combining the strengths of UMIST and<br />The Victoria University of Manchester<br />
  17. 17. Text<br />Costs against Value<br />Text<br />
  18. 18. Why would the Public be interested?<br /><ul><li> Everyone like to see behind the scenes!
  19. 19. Items usually hidden away are out ‘on display’
  20. 20. Digital technology allows a much closer look, from much further away
  21. 21. Advice</li></li></ul><li>Creating an Event<br /><ul><li> Increased visitor numbers
  22. 22. Reaching out to a different demographic
  23. 23. Reaching out to new audiences
  24. 24. Media Interest - television and radio interviews
  25. 25. Online media interest - using social media
  26. 26. Building audiences for the future </li></ul>- blog subscriptions, twitter followers etc<br />
  27. 27. Interaction with Public - methods of audience engagement<br /><ul><li> Using another laptop with slideshow
  28. 28. iPad
  29. 29. Face to face interaction
  30. 30. Live demonstrations
  31. 31. Signage</li></li></ul><li>Visual Resources<br /><ul><li> Handouts - information about what we are doing
  32. 32. Handouts - information about the project
  33. 33. Information about the venue
  34. 34. Information about collections
  35. 35. Use of audio visual media platforms
  36. 36. Links to visit on the internet</li></li></ul><li>Interactive Audio Visual Resources<br /><ul><li> Displaying images on an iPad
  37. 37. Using another laptop to display images or powerpoint
  38. 38. The iPad itself attracted interest from visitors
  39. 39. Children’s engagement with the iPad</li></li></ul><li>Security<br />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.<br /><ul><li>Creating a barrier - look but don’t touch!
  40. 40. Staffing levels - we identified three key needs; collection care, </li></ul> keeping the equipment safe, public engagement<br /><ul><li> Environment - a member of the collection care team monitored</li></ul> the humidity and temperature levels <br /><ul><li>Protecting the venue - creating a space for digitisation</li></ul>CC image by °Florian<br />
  41. 41. Conclusions<br /><ul><li> Beneficial for all parties
  42. 42. Not without Costs
  43. 43. Value outweighs cost
  44. 44. Great promotion of services/collections
  45. 45. Applying new technologies</li></li></ul><li>Text<br />What’s next....<br /><ul><li> Social Media
  46. 46. Crowd-sourcing
  47. 47. Follow on work e.g. facsimiles
  48. 48. Interactive Exhibits
  49. 49. Online Collection
  50. 50. ‘Museum Experience’ for the Digital Age</li></ul>Text<br />
  51. 51. Thank you!<br /><br /><br />Twitter; @chiccmanchester<br /><br /><br />Combining the strengths of UMIST and<br />The Victoria University of Manchester<br />