Josh Hickman, Digital Resources Librarian, Beloit College
This is the first part of a two-part, full-day workshop introducing the core elements of creating digital collections of historic photographs, documents and other archival materials. Part 1 focuses on selecting materials to digitize and the basics of reformatting. We’ll start with some recommendations for planning a successful project and consider how your digital collections can fit into the statewide and national landscape of digital content. We’ll discuss copyright concerns in order to help you answer the question “CAN I put this online?” And we’ll explore the vocabulary of digital images, including pixels, resolution and bit depth as well as tools and best practices for scanning photographs and documents.