Imaging in Context: Introduction to Still Image Digitization for Smaller Institutions

Are you planning or in the midst of a digitization project for your collections? In this webinar, we’ll describe the main elements of paper-based digitization, including the setup of scanning hardware and processing software, quality standards and best practices as defined by the Federal Agencies Digital Guidelines Initiative, the scanning process itself, and we’ll wrap up by giving an overview of how to preserve your digitized assets for the long-term, including some details about collecting and storing metadata. We’ll show you these processes using real digitization projects from our lab. And, we’ll give alternative workflows appropriate for smaller institutions with limited funds.


Brittany Stratton, Library Specialist in the University of Texas Libraries Digital Stewardship Unit, manages day to day book and paper digitization operations. In 2016 she earned her Masters of Science in Information Science from the School of Information from the University of Texas at Austin with an emphasis in Preservation and a Portfolio in Museum Studies. She has worked with UT Libraries Digital Stewardship unit since 2014.

Wendy Martin, Assistant Director of Stewardship for the University of Texas Libraries, oversees the long-term care of materials in the UT Libraries collections, both analog and digital. Martin has worked for the UT Libraries for over 10 years, serving as both the Manager of Digitization Services and the Libraries’ conservator. Martin earned a Master of Science in Library Science from the University of North Texas, and a post-graduate certificate in conservation from the University of Texas at Austin.

Anna Lamphear has been with the UT Libraries since 2009. In her time with the Libraries, Lamphear has held various planning and implementation roles for numerous traditional and post-custodial digitization projects. She is currently the Head of Digitization Services where she manages digitization for the Libraries’ core and distinctive collections in all formats including overseeing the creation of preservation and access digital surrogates of text, image, and audiovisual collection materials for purposes of long term stewardship and in support of digital scholarship. Lamphear earned her Master of Science in Information Science from the University of Texas at Austin in 2009 and Digital Archives Specialist certification from the Society of American Archivists in 2015.

Recorded: Thursday, November 9, 2017
Duration: 1 Hour 31 minutes


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