Digitization at the BPL Digital Imaging Lab

This facility is optimized to digitize materials of most any size or dimension. Currently, this is where the BPL digitizes the Norman B. Leventhal Center maps (http://maps.bpl.org) as well as other non-bound materials (e.g., photographic prints, large-format glass and film negatives, postcards, posters, manuscripts, magic lantern slides, atlas pages).

All imaging is done in accordance with the Federal Agencies Digitization Guidelines Initiative’s “Technical Guidelines for Digitizing Cultural Heritage Materials” (http://www.digitizationguidelines.gov/) and the studio environment is ISO 3664:2009 compliant (http://www.iso.org/iso/catalogue_detail?csnumber=43234).

This lab utilizes high-end digital cameras manufactured by Sinar for most imaging procedures and will produce TIFF master files, as well as any JPEG derivatives of a size and compression ratio of the applicant’s choosing. The BPL is prepared to store a copy of the master files on its own storage array until the DC portal and repository system is equipped to manage such digital objects on its own.

The BPL digital imaging lab is optimally utilized for items such as large-format negative/transparency materials, maps, postcards, photographs, or other individual-page items (e.g., marriage intentions, letters, or other flat documents).

PRIOR to digitization: Items need only include a unique identifier. Description can be completed after digitization.

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