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Hosting Opportunity for a “How to Start a Digitization Project” Online Workshop

2014 January 16

ALA TechSource Workshops logoTexas libraries, get an introduction to planning and beginning your local digitization project. We have a FREE opportunity for you to host an upcoming ALA TechSource 90-minute online workshop What You Need to Know About Starting a Digitization ProjectApply to be a host before January 25, 2014!

Date/Time of Online Workshop Viewing: Wednesday, February 19, 2014, 1:30pm CST
Description: If you are just dipping your toes into digitization, or you need to digitize old materials to save space and enable greater access, the ability to plan and begin a digitization project is quickly becoming an essential skill for librarians. Digitization expert Susanne Caro will show you: how to assess different materials for digitization, how to get buy-in and resources for your project, and ways to familiarize yourself with the different tools that can help you do the work.   Topics include:

  • Basic information and research needs
  • Collection selection
  • Where to find financial and human resources
  • Awareness of digital preservation needs
  • The basics of copyright as it relates to digitization

Susanne Caro is the former State Documents Librarian for the New Mexico State Library.  In addition to capturing born-digital state documents, she started the library’s first digitization project, scanning El Palacio Magazine and making it available online.  Read a full description of the workshop here.

What do you need to do to host?

Interested host libraries sign up HERE, and:

1. Agree that you will  have 3 or more people viewing at one location.

2. Designate one site coordinator for the online workshop.

3. Report back to TSLAC on the total number of library staff that attended the group viewing using our online survey form. Have site coordinator ensure that attendee data is received by TSLAC.

4. Have site coordinator fill out a short online evaluation after the event in order for us to gauge the impact of providing this content.

5. Reach out to area libraries to invite them to watch at your library. A simple email invite to local libraries or colleagues is appreciated.

6. Have reliable and decent access to the internet and be willing to set up a computer to run WebEx (relatively simple process) to view the live workshop.

Note that a  minimum number of 15 libraries need to be interested in hosting this event in order for us to pursue the purchase of the group license. When we get our minimum number, we’ll contact the host libraries with additional information.

Questions? Contact Thea Blair at, (512) 463-5465, or (800) 252-9386.

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