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Is there any authentic manual/literature anyone has, on digitisation norms like what kind of library documents could be digitised, how old the document should be, rules to publish outside intranet etc?
In keeping with the goals of preservation and access at the Library of Congress, original collection materials are digitized for a variety of reasons, including for online exhibitions and for the online catalog. The first step in the process of digitizing Library collection materials is to review the following considerations:
Custodians of library collections need to address these questions before a digitization project is implemented. After these questions are answered, Preservation and Information Technology Specialists assess the project requirements and create project workflows. This document defines the guidelines offered by Preservation in the implementation of a digitization project at the Library.
Preservation Assessment of Project Requirements
Preservation assessment of project requirements includes the following considerations:
Preservation Assessment of Item Condition
Preservation assessment of collection items selected for digitizing identifies the following condition problems:
Preservation Review of Scanning Equipment
Preservation has worked with digital conversion experts to select and adapt the scanning equipment used for digitizing Library collections. When Library collections are digitized by contractors, Preservation reviews and approves the equipment, always with consideration to the format and character of the items being digitized to minimize the risk of damage to collections.
Preservation requirements for digitizing contractors include:
Preservation Recommendations for Workspace
Basic guidelines for the workspace and the worker are listed here:
Preservation Requirements for Training
Digitization technicians at the Library of Congress are trained by Preservation specialists in the basics of careful handling of Library materials and in how to safely support objects on the scanning equipment. Preservation staff members teach with non-collection samples of bound materials, flat documents, graphic prints, manuscripts, atlases, photographs, and photograph albums to demonstrate the damage that can occur to fragile Library materials during scanning.
Basic guidelines for careful handling of bound Library materials are:
Preservation Recommendations for Housing:
The digitizing workflow allows for the following to take place:
Preservation Stabilizing Treatment
Some collection items need minimal conservation treatment by trained conservators before they can be safely transported, handled, and digitized. “Stabilization” is minimal conservation treatment performed by conservators such as:
Materials that May Be Excluded from the Digitization Process
Some items require more involved and expensive repair, or are so fragile that they cannot be easily stabilized. For these items, Preservation specialists must discuss treatment options with the curator of the collection. Some examples of materials that may be excluded from digitization are:
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Thanks Mr Verma. This is so exhaustive!