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NYC Area--METRO DigiSIG Meeting

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Apologies for cross-posting!

The METRO Digitization SIG welcomes your attendance at its first fall 
meeting.

Selection Considerations and Collection Analysis for Digital Projects
Presenter:  Anthony Troncale
Monday, September 18, 2006, 6:00-8:00 p.m.
METRO Headquarters (57 E. 11th  Street, 4th floor)
New York, New York

An overview of the program and a biography of the presenter are listed 
below.  The session should be of special interest to those  considering 
undertaking a digitization project at their institutions.

Space is limited, so please RSVP  your intentions to Claudia Perry if 
you plan to attend ([log in to unmask]). There is no charge for this 
event.

Hope to see you there!

Claudia Perry

METRO DigiSIG Co-convenor
Associate Professor, GSLIS
Queens College, CUNY
Flushing, NY  11367

*******
Program Overview:  Selection Considerations and Collection Analysis for 
Digital Projects

 It is always exciting to be able to digitize library and archive 
collections and provide access to them to an appreciative world-wide 
public via the internet. But selecting the most appropriate collection 
amongst the vast array of materials that many institutions hold is a 
challenge. What collection you choose determines how you are going to 
proceed with ALL other steps you take from here on out.

 Most digital imaging projects always start with the question: What is 
the best collection to scan? In order to answer this, you must ask: Why 
is this the best collection to scan? Once that is determined, the next 
question is: What is the best approach to scanning that displays the 
intellectual value of the content? Often followed by: How does one 
digitally capture a fragile collection without damaging the originals? 
Finally: How can this collection be scanned and mounted on the web 
within budget?

 These and many other questions must first be answered, and the 
implications to those answers fully understood, before you proceed. 
This session is help you to walk through these crucial, initial 
decisions and will hopefully help you to smooth your path towards 
achieving your goal of mounting your collection for all to see and use 
effectively.

 Topics will include:

 -Choosing a collection based on:
ˇ      Preservation or Access
ˇ      Scholarly demand and/or popular demand
ˇ      Whole collections vs highlights or representative parts of large 
collections
ˇ      Content analysis
ˇ      Ability to render and display significant detail
ˇ      Has it been done already? Determining previous efforts by other 
institutions of like or same materials
ˇ      Monetization of the end product

-Once a collection is decided upon, collection analysis regarding 
actual capture will be discussed:
ˇ      -Common formats and their respective resolutions (8x10 photos, 
35mm films, 4x5 films, books, maps/posters)
ˇ      -Handling/staging considerations for capture
ˇ      -Determining whether to do the project in-house or out-source
ˇ      -If in-house, most appropriate scanning equipment to fit 
collection
ˇ      If out-sourced, how to approach vendors using an effective RFI, 
RFQ and/or RFP
ˇ      How to evaluate samples to determine if specs need tweaking

 About Anthony Troncale

With over 12 years of experience in the development, implementation and 
preservation of digital libraries for museums, libraries, archives and 
other cultural institutions, Anthony Troncale has had a distinguished 
career in the digital library field. As founding head of the Digital 
Imaging Unit at the New York Public Library, Anthony built its digital 
imaging lab into a state of the art facility. He has also supervised 
the scanning of many important rare books and manuscripts, ranging from 
texts by Copernicus to Jack Kerouac's original On the Road manuscript.

Anthony has trained many scanning archivists over the years who are now 
overseeing digital capture facilities at other leading institutions. As 
Assistant Director of the Digital Library Program at the American 
Museum of Natural History Library (2000-2005), he oversaw the 
development of their digital facility for high-volume scanning of 
scientific texts and visual materials. Over the years, Anthony has 
devised several workflow and quality control mechanisms that are still 
being utilized by many institutions today.

*****

Please join us for this informative session!  Individuals considering 
applying for a METRO RBDB Grant to help fund a digitization project may 
find this presentation especially useful.  For more information on the 
METRO RBDB grant process, please see 
http://www.metro.org/content/view/133/306/.

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