The SCRLC Digitization Program has been charged to:
The digitizing program at SCRLC was developed with funds from:
Do you have a collection you'd like to digitize and add to New York Heritage? If you're already a member, contact Claire Lovell to get started!
Policy for Historical Societies' and Cultural Organizations' Participation in SCRLC's Digitization Program
CONSULTATION AND PLANNING
SCRLC's Digital Services Librarian helps to evaluate our members' collections for digitization, assists in digitization project planning documentation, and helps develop workflows for our members and their staff. SCRLC also provides consultation for other areas in digital management, such as digital preservation.
If you're new to digitization, take a look at this document to help plan your project and this list of questions to ask before starting a digitization project.
We also have a Digitizing Advisory Committee, which provides guidance and expertise for our digitization program.
SCRLC provides training for members on how to digitize their collections, using digitization best practices and standards. We provide recommended technical specifications, and help set up and use scanning equipment. We also provide training in cataloging and metadata, and in the use of various software used in the management of digital assets, which we cater to our members' individual technical needs.
SCRLC owns two Epson flatbed scanners that we lend to our members for use in digitization projects. These scanners will work with both PC and Mac computers.
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Hosting digital collections in New York Heritage Digital Collections is provided with no charge or additional fees for our members. SCRLC and New York Heritage also actively promote exploration of digital collections via social media, blog posts, and online exhibitions.
Digital preservation is available for SCRLC members in the Digital Dark Archive, created and administered by the Southeastern NY Library Resources Council (SENYLRC). The Digital Dark Archive is long term storage of digital files, meant to serve as a "last resort" backup. SCRLC will take your preservation-quality master copies and send them to the Digital Dark Archive, where the files will be processed via Archivematica and stored via Amazon Glacier. The cost for this is $1 per 1 gigabyte of storage. As a courtesy, SCRLC will add all of its members' NYHeritage collections to the Digital Dark Archive for free.
SCRLC makes $30,000 of grant funds available annually to our members through the Regional Bibliographic Data Bases and Interlibrary Resources Sharing Program. Members can apply for up to $8,000 for an individual project, or $12,000 for a collaborative project. RBDB grant funding can be used for retrospective conversion, digitization, or metadata projects. Any information technology project that will help share and improve access to your resources regionally may qualify for funding.
Questions? Contact Claire Lovell or call 607-273-9106.