Scan and Deliver: Creative User-initiated Digitization in Special Collections and Archives (Online)

Are you ready to say, “Yes, we scan!”? Attend this webinar to learn about streamlined methods for scanning and delivering digital copies of special collections materials at the request of users.

Changes in technology and the increased visibility of special collections have resulted in a deluge of requests for digital copies of special collections materials. A steady stream of digitization requests for one item here, two pages there can be labor-intensive, and policies for user requests vary widely across institutions.

To address these issues, OCLC Research and the OCLC Research Library Partnership’s Working Group on Streamlining Photography and Scanning sought methods for reducing cumbersome digitization-on-demand workflows and policy obstacles. The Scan and Deliver report concludes that a flexible, tiered approach to delivering digitized copies acknowledges differences in user needs, collections, institutional policies, and resources.

This webinar will feature creative experiments aimed at scanning and delivering user-requested digital copies of special collections materials. San Diego State University offers self-serve scanning in their reading room. At the University of Chicago, special collections and interlibrary loan (ILL) colleagues are working together to use existing infrastructure and expertise. The Getty Research Institute developed a tiered approach to capture and post digital files created by fulfilling user requests. Speakers will discuss workflows-in-progress, lessons learned, and how they learned to stop worrying and love digital copy requests. Presenters will include:

  • Anne Bahde (San Diego State University)
  • Julia Gardner (University of Chicago)
  • Anne Blecksmith (Getty Research Institute)
  • Francine Snyder (Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum)
  • Shannon Supple (University of California at Berkeley)
  • Jennifer Schaffner (OCLC Research)

and other members of the Streamlining Photography and Scanning Working Group.

Webinar participation is free and open to all but advanced registration is required.

Register here

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