Getting Started with Digitizing Your Special Collections

In this session, we’ll talk about organizing and prioritizing projects, strategies, workflows, and best practices, for digitization of photographs, textual documents, and movies (including how to create more accessible content), curation and content plans, archival and conservation of original source materials, outreach and community involvement, grant funding, and more!

A resource sheet, resource description and content template as a Google Docs and an online form template for submissions via the web, and instructions for scanning will be provided.

Audience: All staff interested in starting or working with community history projects; topics covered will also be of interest to those working with digital archives, special collections, metadata, outreach, and scholarly communications projects. 


Robin Fay is an Instructor and Metadata Librarian who has worked with academic, public, and community college libraries, multistate consortia, and nonprofit organizations including Orbis Cascade Alliance, the Digital Public Library of America, the University System of Georgia, and, among others. Her interests are in immersive technologies and the intersection of machine learning, data, and us! Feel free to connect with Robin at LinkedIn or elsewhere.