Library Juice Academy

Online Professional Development for Librarians

Getting Started with Digital Image Collections

Instructor: Beth Knazook

Dates: February 3rd through 28th, 2020

Credits: 1.5 CEUs or 15 PDHs

Price: $175


This course is primarily aimed at librarians who are new to managing special image collections and who wish to learn more about beginning a digitization program. Through readings, individual exercises, and class discussions, students will develop an understanding of the following key components of digitization project planning: evaluation and preparation of resources, building sustainable workflows and storage environments, and usability assessment. In the first part of the course, students will become familiar with current research into the behaviours and attitudes of image-seekers, and they will develop a broad understanding of how different metadata standards for libraries, archives and museums record and present information to the end user. In the following weeks, we will discuss basic steps for creating and preserving digital images, such as choosing an appropriate scanning resolution, file naming, and devising scale-appropriate storage methods. Students will evaluate various strategy and planning documents in order to develop goals for their projects, and will be given examples of workflows that can be customized for their own use. The focus will be on providing access to collections that are being digitized from analogue materials, but will also have applications to born-digital collections.

Course goals:

  • Increase understanding of current environment for digital images
  • Experience digital collections from the user perspective, evaluating their goals and needs
  • Learn planning techniques and strategies for implementing a digitization program
  • Evaluate various approaches and standards to metadata, understand metadata interoperability
  • Learn the standard sizes, formats and techniques for scanning images

This course is followed by Beth Knazook's Describing Photographs for the Online Catalogue, for those who are interested.

Beth Knazook

Beth Knazook is an independent lecturer and preservation professional specializing in providing care and access to photographs and special media. She has taught classes on managing photograph collections for the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Information, and on descriptive cataloguing standards for the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR). She is currently pursuing a PhD at Queen’s University in Canada, where her research focuses on the introduction of photographic illustration into Canadian book publishing in the mid-nineteenth century. Prior to returning to school, she worked as the Curatorial Specialist for Ryerson University Library Special Collections and as the Photo Archivist for the Stratford Festival of Canada, and trained as a bookbinder with the Canadian Bookbinders and Book Artists Guild. She holds an MA in Photographic Preservation and Collections Management from Ryerson University and the George Eastman Museum. Interview with Beth Knazook

Course Structure

This is an online class that is taught asynchronously, meaning that participants do the work on their own time as their schedules allow. The class does not meet together at any particular times, although the instructor may set up optional sychronous chat sessions. Instruction includes readings and assignments in one-week segments. Class participation is in an online forum environment.

Payment Info

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