Newspapers are an important part of historical documentation. They record a range of important local and national history, but are also a challenging format to preserve and to digitize. Newspapers are large items that contain a huge amount of varied information, just one factor that makes them a good format to outsource for digitization. This class will review factors to consider when selecting a vendor, establishing a contract with a vendor, and effective communication and project management throughout the project. It will also cover best practices for newspaper digitization and other technical considerations. It will touch briefly on managing digital files but is not an in-depth digital preservation class.
Learn best practices for digital capture of newspapers – either from microfilm or paper originals
Understand important aspects of working with a vendor including information needed for a quote, vendor communications, and quality control
Identify tools and best practices for basic management of digitized newspapers
Review examples of aspects of successful projects including selection, workflow, and access platforms
Instructor: Leigh Grinstead
Leigh Grinstead has more than 20 years of experience working in museums, overseeing collections and conducting collection inventories. During her nearly half decade with the Collaborative Digitization Program (CDP) Leigh's love of project management, grants work and administration has been well tested. She has extensive experience in digital projects. Her years working with museum collections gave her the drive to be a hands-on advocate for digitization, and her project management experience has allowed her to add discipline to the planning, budgeting, implementation and analysis stages of digitization projects. In addition, Leigh has been responsible for training many library and cultural heritage professionals in the use of digital technologies, including CONTENTdm. Leigh currently conducts in-person, as well as online courses. She has also managed National Endowment for Humanities and Institute for Museum and Library Services grants, including the Colorado Statewide Connecting to collections grant; and is consulting on three others. She is well versed in collaborative techniques and is an enthusiastic and highly skilled professional. LYRASIS is thrilled to have her on staff to support libraries, archives and others as they discover, share and experience the benefits of digitization.