General Resources

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Overviews

Anatomy of a Digital Project (CARLI - Digital Collections' User Group - Webinar series, Spring 2012)

Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials (Dec 2002; current site for DLF http://www.diglib.org)

CARLI Digitization Resources and CONTENTdm Documentation (updated routinely)

Creating and Managing Text Collections using CONTENTdm (OCLC, 2009)

Moving Theory Into Practice: Digital Imaging Tutorial (Cornell University, 2003)

Basics of digital projects (Wisconsin Heritage Online, date unknown)

Digitization Best Practices (v. 1.0 - University of Colorado, August 2009)

Framework of Guidance for Building Good Digital Collections (NISO, December 2007)

Federal Agency Digitization Guidelines Initiatives (updated regularly)

HathiTrust (a very large corroborative digitization repository. Your library might choose to deposit resources in this or other similar projects. You may need to meet membership requirements, but it might be a cost effective method of digitizing your materials for a large population. You can create a specific "collection" that would be of use to your library users.)

Punch List of Best Practices for Electronic Resources, Engineering Libraries Division, American Society for Engineering Education (Revised May 2005)

Specific Aspects

Audio

Guidelines for the Creation of Digital Collections: Digitization Best Practices for Audio (CARLI - 2009)

Tips for Being a Good Digital (and Real-World) Citizen Sound Directions: Best Practices for Audio Preservation (Indiana and Harvard Universities, 2007)

Copyright

Tips for Being a Good Digital (and Real-World) Citizen National RTAP's Copyright: Tips for Being a Good Digital (and Real-World) Citizen (2012 Written for transit providers, but provides useful links to general copyright information)

Frequently Asked Questions About Copyright, Issues Affecting the U.S. Government

FHWA, State DOT, and MPO Rights to Copyrighted and Patented Items Developed with FHWA Planning and Research Funds

File format

CDL Digital File Format Recommendations: Master Production Files (University of California, August 2011)

Images

Guidelines for the Creation of Digital Collections: Digitization Best Practices for Images (CARLI - 2012)

Are Your Digital Documents Web Friendly?: Making Scanned Documents Web Accessible? Information Technology and Libraries, Vol 29, No 3 (2010)

Scanning

The Art of Scanning (University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 2011) Video:

Guidelines for the Creation of Digital Collections: Digitization Best Practices for Video (CARLI - 2010)


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