Digital Library Hardware Showcase
Saturday, July 11, 8:00 am - 10:00 am, McCormick Place West-180
Sponsored by: LITA Digital Library Technology Interest Group
A key step in any digitization project is the selection of equipment. It's a step that is repeated many times, and, if you're not careful, could be your last step! This program will provide a overview of the process for selecting equipment for digitizing images, objects, audio, and video, with discussion of when to purchase equipment for in-house use and when to out-source digitization to a vendor. The program will include a very brief business meeting.
Program: Digital Library Hardware Showcase
Moderator: Michael R. Bolam, Metadata Librarian for Digital Production Digital Research Library, University Library System, University of Pittsburgh
I. "Better, cheaper, faster" or "down and dirty"? Evaluating consumer-grade digitization equipment
Danielle Cunniff Plumer, Texas State Library and Archives Commission
A cost-benefit approach to selecting digitization equipment is a vital part of the digital library professional's toolkit. This presentation will review the process of evaluating scanners and other hardware commonly used in digitization projects and will look specifically at widely-available consumer and "prosumer" grade equipment. A decision-tree approach for deciding when to outsource instead of purchasing new equipment will also be discussed.
II. Building a scanning center from the ground-up
Emily Gore Head, Digital Initiatives & IT, Clemson University Libraries
Mandy Mastrovita, Digital Production Librarian, Clemson University Libraries
Staff from the Clemson University Libraries will review the process they used to set up a scanning center and share some of their "lessons learned." Starting with an overview of questions at the point of project planning/selection, the speakers will address "hows, whats, and whys" of equipment selection for their scan center.
Business Meeting: Digital Library Technology Interest Group business meeting: Tyra Grant, Chair: elect new chair(s) and discuss 2010 program possibilities.