Digitizing Audiovisual and Nonprint Materials: The Innovative Librarian's Guide

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AV collections in libraries are disintegrating, and their playback equipment is soon to be obsolete. Digitizing can be the solution to decay and for continued access.

Why give up on at-risk treasures of your AV collection when you can easily digitize them in house? This guide walks you through the process of planning and implementing digitization projects for the common formats libraries have collected over the last 30 or 40 years. It guides first-time users in setting up a facility to convert analog tapes and records into a digital form, explaining how to clean up those sources to produce a high-quality output for end-users. The same theories and skills are applied to the visual domain so you can convert VHS, Beta, U-Matic, and laserdiscs into archival visual formats.

A unique feature of the book is that it will help you understand the process without having to become a techno-geek. Basic information on computer hardware and software is discussed, including the equipment needed to digitize various formats. Techniques for capturing, editing, storing, and making digitized files available to patrons are also covered. Because budgets are always a concern, the work looks at ways you can leverage current resources and facilities with minimal outlay of capital to start a project, and it offers practical guidance on how to maintain the information long term.

  • Offers easy-to-understand guidance on how to use digitizing to enable your library to recoup its investment in outdated but often-expensive AV collections
  • Discusses use of off-the-shelf and shareware technology
  • Covers creation of metadata for discovery layer access
  • Shows how digitized materials can be made available over the Internet, making them much more accessible than the physical versions
  • Presents information to create a path for future projects and for storage of output information
  • Shares knowledge that is transferable to media other than those discussed in the book

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