WebJunction's Focus on Digitization Projects
This focus on digitization projects looks at how you can get those local gems out of the attic and onto the web. Lori Bell, Joe Natale, Alyce Scott, and Tom Peters have put together articles containing a glossary of digitization terms, best practices for digitization projects, examples of projects by small libraries, and some new ways to make digital archives accessible to the visually impaired. They also profile some model programs of the Illinois State Library: the Illinois State Wide Archival Technology Team, and the Illinois Digital Archives.
When the Internet enabled graphics in 1995, one of the first uses libraries envisioned was digital imaging: scanning their older documents and pictures to both preserve and provide access to them. Since that time, thousands of libraries of all sizes have scanned images, cataloged them, and made them available on the web. Thanks to the Internet, people can now view Lincoln rarities and memorabilia they could never have otherwise seen without visiting the museum housing the item.
For an example of how one library has taken digitization another step beyond access, be sure to read the article on the Thomas Ford Memorial Library. Local history is no longer just a bunch of librarians or experts putting pictures on the web -- it has become a partnership of librarians with their community bringing local history to life.
Keys to success
Best Practices and Planning for Digitization Projects
Glossary of Scanning and Digital Imaging Terms
Making Digital Images Accessible to the Visually Impaired Through Audio Description
Illinois' State Wide Archival Technology Team (SWAT)
Every Pixel Tells a Story: The Illinois Digital Archives
They did it
Remembering the Houses of Western Springs: Digitizing and Providing Access to Photographs of Historic Houses
Mt. Lebanon (PA) Public Library (and friends): Presti-Digitization
Digitize--You Can Do It!
Lillooet Library: Digitizing the St'at'imc Language
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