Wednesday, May 18, 2005

Event: Basics and Beyond on-line digitization training courses

The Illinois Digitization Institute at the University of Illinois Library at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC), in partnership with the Illinois State Library and the Illinois Heritage Association, is offering two more of their Basics and Beyond on-line digitization training courses in 2005.

This three-week on-line course allows busy professionals the opportunity to learn more about digitization from the convenience of their own computers! Using the Web, participants can access the on-line course materials, have access to a course facilitator and digitization experts, engage in on-line discussions, solve real world digitization problems, and do readings on various aspects of the digitization process. Cost: $300.00 per person.

Courses will be directed towards participants from libraries, museums, archives, and other cultural heritage institutions who are seeking in-depth digitization training to enable them to apply information standards and best practices in their work with cultural heritage materials. Discussions and assignments will focus on the following topics:
  • Benefits and costs of digitization projects
  • Issues involved with designing and evaluating digitization projects, and goal-setting
  • Selection of materials for digitization
  • Determining the best way to digitize a collection and make it accessible to the target audience
  • Planning issues including: budgeting, workflow, copyright, storage, and preservation
  • Metadata: best practices and creation
  • Evaluating, selecting, and purchasing digitization equipment
  • Basic scanning and image manipulation
  • Delivery and access of digital images
Courses are scheduled for July 11- 29, 2005 and September 12 – 30, 2005.

Illinois cultural heritage associations may be able to qualify for a scholarship to cover the cost of either of these courses.

To learn more about the “Basics and Beyond” digitization course series and available scholarships or to register for courses, please visit or contact:

Amy Maroso, Project Coordinator
Grainger Engineering Library Information Center
Phone: (217) 244-4946

Basics and Beyond is funded through a National Leadership Grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.


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