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.
- 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
Beth Knazook is a preservation specialist with considerable experience managing digitization projects and digital collections. She is currently the Preservation Coordinator for the Portage Network, established by the Canadian Association of Research Libraries to foster a national research data culture through research data services and infrastructure. 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 has also worked as the Digitization Manager for Huron County Library, Curatorial Specialist for Ryerson University Library Special Collections, and Photo Archivist for the Stratford Festival of Canada. She holds an MA in Photographic Preservation and Collections Management from Ryerson University and the George Eastman Museum, and is currently pursuing a PhD in Art and Visual Culture at Western University, focusing on the introduction of photography into book illustration in nineteenth-century Canada.