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.
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 tries to make between $20,000 and $30,000 of grant funds available annually to our members, depending on the council's budget circumstances. Members can apply for up to $5,000 for an individual project or $8,000 for a collaborative project between members. Digitization grant funding can be used for digitization or metadata projects. Any information technology project that will help share and improve access to your resources regionally may qualify for funding.
SCRLC will lend out digitization equipment to members and provide custom training.
Zeutschel Zeta Book Scanner
This is an overhead scanner with automatic cropping and deskewing features.
We have been able to scan about 200 pages per hour with this scanner.
Smith-Victor 42" Pro-Duty Copy Stand Kit
GlideGear Camera Stand
For oversized material, use this camera stand and take multiple shots. This can be lent out with our DSLR as well.
Epson Perfection V600 Photo
This easily portable scanner has a bed of 17" by 22" and can deliver high resolution scans. It can can reflective surfaces (like documents and photos) as well as negative or positive film (like slides).
Magnasonic Super 8/8mm Film Scanner
This machine can convert Super 8 and 8 mm film on reels. It includes a small screen.
PowerSlideX Automated Slide Scanner
This machine can scan up to 50 slides with no user involvement, which can ease the burden of digitizing large slide collections.
Questions? Contact Claire Lovell or call 607-273-9106.