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SEFLIN Regional Digitization Resource Guide: Home

This guide contains a directory of institutions, organizations, people, or resources that may be useful sources of information for those just getting started in digital projects.

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Welcome!

This toolkit is a collection of about tools and resources SEFLIN-region institutions can utilize to enhance their digitization projects. Resources listed in this guide are intended to be beneficial for making informed decisions about digitization projects, including decisions about physical preservation, metadata schema, imaging standards, and more. This guide is also intended to be a living document that will be updated and expanded - if there is a particular topic you would like to see covered, do not hesitate to contact SEFLIN, and we will try to gather further resources for your use!

If you are interested in learning more about the topics contained here, we encourage you to reach out to those listed here for help and assistance!

Introduction

The term "digital" is increasingly common in library parlance these days, owing to the heavy influence of computers in all aspects of the profession. "Digitization," which this Toolkit address, refers to the converting of traditional, analog materials into digital format, and the preservation of digital resources (whether ones that had been converted from analog, or "born-digital" items such as websites). These related processes are important to providing access to materials that may otherwise be unavailable, and preserving materials for future access.

There are many aspects to selecting which materials are appropriate for digitization and preservation activities, and careful thought should be given to assess the value of a project, in order to balance the effort required to digitize with the benefits that would be gained by doing so. On a similar note, the act of digitization itself does not guarantee indefinite survival of materials, and care should be taken to ensure that the digital copies are preserved as carefully as their physical copies. Digital preservation strategies are often quite different from analog preservation, but are often just as, if not more important to ensure access. If you are unsure about the processes mentioned in this guide, such as selection, digitization, preservation, or access, please reach out to one of the community partners listed in this guide, or to SEFLIN, who can put you in touch with an expert who can walk you through the steps.

We hope that this guide is a useful resource for those beginning or expanding their digital work, and will help your library better grasp the many facets of digitization and its related activities.

Further Reading

If you are wholly new to the ideas presented in this guide, check out the resources below first. These give a good introduction

  • Florida International University's Digital Project Guidelines and Help Materials
    • This guide is a wonderful introduction to all of the topics necessary to begin digital projects, and walks users through FIU's internal procedure for projects. This guide is a good beginner's must-read.
  • University of Michigan's "Getting Started" Digital Project FAQ
    • This guide provides steps for thinking through the approach of digitization projects, including the important questions surrounding the scope of projects.
  • Cornell University Library's "Digital Imaging Tutorial"
    • This guide provides a thorough, high-level overview of digitization and its surrounding topics, such as metadata and digital preservation. The guide also has a useful walkthrough of "basic terminology."

Director of Digital Services

Contact me!

If you would like further information about any of the topics covered here, contact Josh Stone, the SEFLIN Director of Digital Services at stone@seflin.org.