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Quick Facts on Digitization


Copyright rules!   Not sure if you’re permitted to scan and publish on the web?  Use this digital copyright slider to find out -

Need a single title scanned?  If it's a public domain title (pre-1923) contact the Digitization and Preservation Department anytime for “one-off” scanning. 

Inventory and catalog first!  A digital object or a collection must be described or cataloged in some way for it to become accessible on-line.

Can we scan microfilmed collections?   The rights to scan and publish microfilmed titles on the web belong to the microproducer.  Check the target on the film reel to determine who own the rights to the content.

Did you know … Penn State doctoral dissertations, master’s theses and honor’s papers are considered published works and the author retains all rights.

Remember that digitization is not preservation it's only a means of copying original materials.   Digitization is all about  improved  access. 

CONTENTdm is our platform of choice for collection formats including books, photos, manuscripts, archives and audio-visual.

Olive is our current platform for newspapers or content formatted in columns and rows.

OJS is our current software of choice for journals and serials including conference proceedings.


In 2009 the University Libraries assembled this listing of Collections of Distinction:

1) Mushrooms  (QK600 thru QK635)

2) Meteorology  (QC850 thru QC9999)
 3) Mining  (RA575 thru RA578, S621, TN)
 4) Anabaptist, Amish, Mennonite, Quaker Traditions  (BX4929 thru BX8144)
 5) Sports & Physical Activity  (GVs on Paterno-3)
 6) Pennsylvaniana  (F146 thru F160)
 7) Cacao - Plant Culture  (SB267)
 8) Materials of engineering and construction, mechanics of materials  (TA401 thru TA492)


Other areas of PSUL collections strengths are:  German Americana, acoustics, material science, engineering, combustion science, history of art education, emblem books, Joseph Priestley, Kenneth Burke, John O’Hara, utopias and communal studies, history of photography, and science fiction.