What happens when an entire collection goes through the Conservation Department to be processed so that it can be digitized? What do these collections look like through the eyes of a conservator? What level of conservation work should a collection get? How long does it take to process a collection? These are some of the common questions asked of the Conservation Staff. In our second installment of Digital Collections “Behind the Scenes” we will explore these questions and more. Below is an overview of the process which is explained in detail in the embedded video.
2. Remove Mylar
3. Assess collection for repair
5. Flag problem items for the Digital Production Center
The next stage of the process is digitization — coming soon!
Over the the next few months, we’ll be writing a series of posts that offer a behind-the-scenes look at all of the work and decision-making that goes into building one digital collection, from selection, conservation, and physical processing to scanning, metadata, and publication. We’ve chosen to blog about our work on the Broadsides collection in particular for several reasons:
- It’s a relatively large-scale project that will test our ability to ramp up our digitization efforts (5,500 items from the U.S. and abroad, dated 1790-1940)
- It will serve as a test-case for the development and use of our new metadata tool–codename “Trident.”
- It will be a pilot project to get more library staff involved in generating metadata for digital collections.
So check in periodically to see how the project is moving along!