Contact: Sue Kellerman, Diane Sawyer, or Ann Passmore
W401 Pattee Library
About the Unit
The Digital Conversion unit utilizes reformatting techniques such as digitization and microfilming to preserve library materials of all types. We are involved in most digitization projects at the Penn State Libraries, providing our expertise in any and all stages of the digital collections creation process including coordinating with vendors, microfilming, digitization, metadata creation, and content loading. We work closely with library faculty and staff to assist them with their projects, as well as Collections Care, I-Tech, and Digital Library Technologies.
In addition to digital projects, we apply digital tools toward traditional preservation, collaborating with the Bindery to recreate pages for damaged books and offering print reproduction of brittle books, out-of-print titles, and whole periodical issues, and reproductions of paper-based and photographic materials, along with print production of signage and exhibit materials for library functions. Preservation microfilming services for projects include all pre- and post-filming activities including retrieval, searching, physical preparation and collation, reel programming, target preparation, and quality control inspection.
The unit also provides consultation to library faculty and staff on digitization including preparation, scanning, and options for storage and display. Staff also periodically offer training in image capture following best practices for digital projects, and serve as liaisons to Digital Library Technologies and I-Tech to determine and secure software and network needs for digital projects.