The Digital Archiving Lab (also known as the DAL or “the lab”) has open hours this semester! Please feel free to stop by the lab on Thursday mornings from 9:30 to noon, or again in the afternoon from 1:30 to 4:00. You can stop in to meet Special Collections and University Archives staff, discuss a project, or view a demonstration of the digitization equipment. If you aren’t available on Thursdays, appointments can be scheduled on other weekdays by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
The DAL contains equipment for high quality digitization, including flatbed scanners, a V-cradle rare book scanner, and image editing software. We are also very excited to have just added a high-megapixel DSLR to our inventory to better support the digitization of large documents and objects. While the first items that come to mind for digitization are often paper materials such as photographic prints and documents, equipment in the DAL has been used to digitize everything from plant specimens to clothing. In fact, staff love the opportunity to find creative solutions for digitization challenges.
Special Collections and University Archives staff are happy to take digitization requests from UMW faculty and staff to support research and instruction, and we also offer training to faculty, staff, and students so that you can learn how to digitize items for many different types of projects. Additionally, the DAL provides scanning services for community members and non-course-related projects for a small fee. If you aren’t sure where to begin, staff members are happy to discuss projects with you and can offer advice on digitization, digital preservation, metadata creation, and data organization.
For more information on the Digital Archiving Lab and digitization services, please visit our website at the following link: http://libraries.umw.edu/digital-archiving-lab/
We look forward to working with you!