Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Digitization Workflow at UNC-Chapel Hill

Jency  Examining a Book for Conservation Issues

Digitization for the Religion in North Carolina Digital Collection began September 1, 2012 at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. Jency Williams, a first-year MSLS student in the School of Information and Library Science interested in Archives and Records Management is serving as the student work for the project in the Wilson Special Collections Library.

Jency's Work Station
Retrieving and preparing items for scanning by the Internet Archive Scribe machine are Jency's primary tasks as the dedicated student worker. The process of filling a book cart for digitization includes the following steps:
  •  Checking the item out in the circulation system
  • Pulling the item from the shelf
  • Analyzing each item to make sure it is the best available copy 
  • Examining the item for possible conservation issues
  • Preparing the cart for the Scribe
  • Sending necessary items to conservation
  • Filling out a Wonderfetch form  (The "wonderfetch' is a template for communicating and attaching metadata that will be attached to the item being scanned.)

This cart is ready for Scanning!

Student workers will be hired to pull books at the Duke Divinity School Library and Wake Forest University in the upcoming weeks. Jency has helped set a great pace at UNC-Chapel Hill and her work is a wonderful example for student workers to come!

African Methodism in the South, or, Twenty-five Years of Freedom