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  1. 1. Cheap, Quick, and Pretty: Mass Digitization of Large Manuscript Collections Jody L. DeRidder University of Alabama Libraries [email_address]
  2. 2. Outline <ul><li>How difficult is it? </li></ul><ul><li>What does it look like? </li></ul><ul><li>How long does it take? </li></ul><ul><li>What does it cost? </li></ul><ul><li>How effective is it? </li></ul><ul><li>What’s missing? </li></ul>
  3. 3. How difficult is it? And sequence: 1, 2, 3 … Each file name includes:
  4. 4. What does it look like? (item)
  5. 5. What does it look like? (EAD)
  6. 6. What does it look like? (item outside Acumen)
  7. 7. How long does it take? Old method: 8.25 min. / scan New method: 4.34 min. / scan Processing: reduced. QC: reduced. Metadata time: none. 47% LESS TIME!
  8. 8. What does it cost? Old method: $2.47 / scan New method: $0.80 /scan Processing: reduced. QC: reduced. Metadata costs: none. 68% CHEAPER!!
  9. 9. How effective is it? <ul><li>Experienced researchers prefer it! </li></ul><ul><li>Those new to digital collections found it easier! </li></ul><ul><li>42% less time </li></ul><ul><li>27% fewer clicks </li></ul><ul><li>12% more success </li></ul><ul><li>Foreign students found the terminology difficult. </li></ul>
  10. 10. We still need… <ul><li>Improved usability of EAD interface: </li></ul><ul><li>Terminology </li></ul><ul><li>Search in page </li></ul><ul><li>Navigation links </li></ul><ul><li>Then: </li></ul><ul><li>Establish learnability </li></ul>
  11. 11. Summary <ul><li>Easy: put info in file names; run scripts </li></ul><ul><li>Looks: pretty darn good! </li></ul><ul><li>Time: 4.34 min. / page </li></ul><ul><li>Cost: 79.5 cents / page </li></ul><ul><li>Effectiveness: great for scholars; surprisingly good for novices </li></ul><ul><li>Need: improved usability of EAD interface </li></ul>
  12. 12. For More Information: <ul><li>Upcoming American Archivist article?? </li></ul><ul><li>Jody L. DeRidder, “Leveraging EAD for Low-Cost Access to Digitized Collections at the University of Alabama Libraries,” Journal of Library Innovation, 2:1 (2011), </li></ul><ul><li>University of Alabama Libraries, “Septimus D. Cabaniss Papers Digitization Project.” </li></ul><ul><li>Project Site: </li></ul><ul><li>Wiki: </li></ul><ul><li>Display: </li></ul><ul><li>University of Alabama Libraries, “Acumen Digital Library Software.” / </li></ul>
  13. 13. References <ul><li>Experienced researchers prefer the finding aid interface: </li></ul><ul><li>Tim West, Kirill Fesenko, and Laura Clark Brown, “Extending the Reach of Southern Sources: Proceeding to Large-Scale Digitization of Manuscript Collections,” Final Grant Report for the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Southern Historical Collection, University Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill , June 2009, </li></ul><ul><li>Cory Nimer and J. Gordon Daines III, “What Do You Mean It Doesn’t Make Sense? Redesigning Finding Aids from the User’s Perspective,” Journal of Archival Organization 6, no. 4 (2008), </li></ul><ul><li>Novice users experience a learning curve: </li></ul><ul><li>Wendy Scheir, “First Entry: Report on a Qualitative Exploratory Study of Novice User Experience with Online Finding Aids,” Journal of Archival Organization 3, no. 4 (2006), </li></ul><ul><li>Joyce Celeste Chapman, “Observing Users: An Empirical Analysis of User Interaction with Online Finding Aids,” Journal of Archival Organization 8, no. 1 (2010) </li></ul>