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The UBC Library Digitization Centre: Our equipment and its uses.


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Robert Stibravy, Digital Projects Librarian at UBC Library, reviews the key equipment used the the Library's Digitization Centre. The presentation features images from current and past projects as well as a review of different methods used in digitization.

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The UBC Library Digitization Centre: Our equipment and its uses.

  1. 1. Our Equipment And Its Uses Robert Stibravy, Digital Projects Librarian
  2. 2. Photographic workstation, used primarily for large, flat items up to 40”x60”
  3. 3. Shot as two page spread then split in post-processing
  4. 4. The vacuum is used to flatten the item to help eliminate focus and shadowing issues
  5. 5. Wide format scanner – up to 54” (and as long as the file size will allow)
  6. 6. Why not the TTI? Avoid any possible aberrations in GIS use
  7. 7. Very good for fragile materials
  8. 8. Used for fragile, bound textual materials
  9. 9. Pages are shot in sequence
  10. 10. A bound serial There needs to be an adequate gutter
  11. 11. Large format flatbed scanner
  12. 12. The flatbed does an excellent job due to its design
  13. 13. Standard size flatbed scanner
  14. 14. The flatbed delivers high fidelity
  15. 15. Microform digitization
  16. 16. Microfilm The image quality will depend on the film quality
  17. 17. The scanner can accept various sizes of fiche
  18. 18. High speed document scanner
  19. 19. “Standard” textual documents The Fujitsu scans 90 pages/minute duplex
  20. 20. Laboratory notebooks Even with good quality the metadata will need to be transcribed
  21. 21. The “old school” are often in dire need of digitization
  22. 22. Digitized as a WAV file with derivatives made as needed
  23. 23. This one is a U-matic
  24. 24. This one is from the “Westland” project
  25. 25. This model can interface via USB or RCA connector
  26. 26. The original is encoded as an uncompressed WAV and derivatives made as needed Dr. Sidney H Zbarsky (1920-2002)
  27. 27. Some sites to enjoy: ž UBC Library Digital Collections • ž British Columbia Bibliography • ž British Columbia Historical Newspapers •