Digitizing historical materials and providing indexed, searchable access to them via the Web is an important part of today’s library services. Digital materials have become an important electronic resource that libraries can offer to their patrons, along with subscriptions to online periodical databases, encyclopedias and online catalogs. The State Library offers LSTA Digital Imaging Grants to libraries and partnering cultural heritage institutions. Grantees can create digital collections on their institution’s web site and provide either a link or a copy of the collection to the statewide digitization project, Missouri Digital Heritage.
For more information on how to apply, click on the “LSTA Digital Imaging Grants” tab.
Through the Missouri Digital Heritage Initiative, the Missouri State Library and the Missouri State Archives, in partnership with the State Historical Society of Missouri, are assisting institutions across the state in digitizing their records and placing them online for easy access.
Click on the “Missouri Digital Heritage” tab to see this site.
State Library staff can assist grantees and other content contributors with appraising collections, planning digitization projects and using CONTENTdm software to upload these projects to the Missouri Digital Heritage database. Both the Digital Imaging Grant program and Missouri Digital Heritage promote use of established standards and best practices for scanning, metadata creation, indexing and configuring digital collections for access on the Web.
Send your questions to:
Carl Wingo, Technology and Digitization Services Consultant, Carl.Wingo@sos.mo.gov
Heather Richmond, Digital Collections Coordinator, Heather.Richmond@sos.mo.gov
Haiying Qian, Digital Projects Specialist Haiying.Qian@sos.mo.gov