Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Report: Rapid Capture: Faster Throughput in Digitization of Special Collections

In May, OCLC published a new 23-page report entitled Rapid Capture: Faster Throughput in Digitization of Special Collections. According to an announcement, the report:
...provides examples of how to simplify and streamline digital capture of non-book collections. Nine case studies illustrate processes and procedures institutions have adopted to increase the scale of digitization of special collections. The intent in sharing these vignettes is to enable others to consider whether or not any of the approaches could be applied to their own initiatives to increase the scale of their digitization efforts.

Those featured in the case studies include:
  • Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution
  • Archives of Traditional Music, Indiana University
  • Prints & Photographs Division, Library of Congress
  • Digital Collection Unit, The Bancroft Library, UC Berkeley
  • Southern Regional Library Facility, University of California, Los Angeles
  • Archives and Special Collections, University of Minnesota
  • University Archives, University of Minnesota
  • Southern Historical Collection, University of North Carolina, and
  • Department of Manuscripts and Rare Books, The Walters Art Museum
If you have already read the report, how has it changed what you are doing?

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