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Approaches to digitisation (full)

Preservation Advisory Centre/RLUK Training Day

Wednesday 9 February 2011

British Library Centre for Conservation
96 Euston Road, London NW1 2DB
Location Details

Many organisations are digitising their collections as a way of providing wider access to books and documents in their collections. This day has been designed to give an overview of how to plan for and undertake digitisation of library and archive material. The day will also raise awareness of digital preservation issues. By the end of the day, participants will be able to:

  • Explain the benefits of digitising material
  • Give examples of the types of materials that are suitable for digitisation
  • Identify the issues to be considered when planning for digitisation
  • Define what is meant by digital preservation
  • Describe the risks to digital objects and explain how digital preservation can address these risks.


09.45 Registration
10.00 Introduction and welcome
10.10 Overview of the day
10.15 Benefits of digitising material: access, enhancing analysis & research, collaboration, preservation
10.45 Planning for digitisation: policy & strategy, funding & staffing, sustainability
11.30 Break
11.45 Use of digital materials: identifying users and demand, meeting user needs
12.15 Selection of materials for digitisation: selection criteria, suitability of content, quality of originals, metadata creation
13.00 Lunch
14.00 Case study - preparing handling guidelines for digitisation projects
14.30 Preservation issues: preserving originals, risks to digital objects, digital preservation
15.15 Break
15.30 Other sources of information and next steps
16.00 Discussion and questions
16.30 End