Strategic Treasure Hunting (Part 1): Identifying and Selecting Materials for a Local History Digitization Project (Live Webinar)
Every library in Iowa holds material unique to their local community. Many of these items play a role in preserving and celebrating local history, but due to their fragile state, poor cataloging, or obscure storage conditions, patrons or researchers may not be aware of them. This session will present an overview of the best practices needed to organize, digitize, and provide access to these special collections. We will briefly cover the topics of evaluating collections, prioritizing them for digitization, the scanning process, and how to promote new or existing digital collections so the public can use and enjoy them. We will also talk about the training and support the State Library provides throughout the planning process and into the future. This is part 1 of our two-part series on digital preservation.