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Statement of Purpose

Rod Library shall undertake digitization projects that both enhance access to and help to preserve materials in diverse formats. In doing so, the Library will be guided by its mission to support the instructional, scholarly, and outreach missions of the University. Such projects will ordinarily encompass resources found in local collections, as well as materials administered by other University units. The Library will consider other collaborative arrangements in keeping with the Library and University missions. Specifically, the Library will contribute records as appropriate and feasible to the Iowa Heritage Digital Collections project.

The decision to digitize and make digital images available shall reside with Rod Library. The Library will make decisions in accord with intellectual property rights and current copyright laws.

Rod Library digital initiatives are intended to provide structured access to locally-produced digital materials and to integrate the materials with other library collections and services.

Rod Library selects materials to be digitized in accord with the guidelines articulated in Chapter 4, “Selection of Materials for Scanning,” of the Handbook for Digital Projects: A Management Tool for Preservation and Access by Diane Vogt-O'Connor (http://www.nedcc.org/digital/iv.htm).

Equipment used for scanning:

Rod Library uses a MicroTek 9800XL scanner.

Standards used for scanning

Library staff will create a master (sometimes termed preservation or archival) scan at a MINIMUM of 600 dpi (or ppi); 8 bit grayscale or 24 bit color; at a spatial resolution of 3000-5000 pixels across the long dimension; and at 100% of the size of the original in spatial dimensions. The master scan will not be altered, edited, or enhanced. The master scan will be saved in TIFF file format.

Using ContentDM, an access image will be created from the master scan at a MINIMUM of 150 dpi (or ppi); 8 bit grayscale or 24 bit color; at a spatial resolution of 150 dpi; and at 600 pixels across the long dimension. The access image may be altered, edited, or enhanced for display purposes. The access image will be saved in JPEG file format.

Content DM will also create a thumbnail image from the master scan at a MINIMUM of 72 dpi (or ppi); 8 bit grayscale or 24 bit color; at a spatial resolution of 72 dpi (or ppi); and at 150-200 pixels across the long dimension. The thumbnail image may be altered, edited, or enhanced for display purposes. The thumbnail image will be saved in JPEG file format.

Enhancement

The majority of enhancement will consist only of using the automatic correction offered by Adobe Photoshop Elements 2.0, including automatic levels, color correction, and contrast.

Software used

Rod Library uses ContentDM, a software program from DiMeMa which allows the library to organize, store, and provide UNI users access to digital images.

Metadata

The metadata used in Rod Library's Digital Collections follow the recommendations of the Iowa Digital Heritage Collections, found at http://iowaheritage.org/cdm4.digit.php This includes the following formats:
a. Artifacts
b. Artworks
c. Audio
d. Documents
e. Maps
f. Photographs

Copyright

Access to these images and the technical capacity to download them does not imply permission for re-use. Written permission to publish or otherwise use these images must be obtained from Rod Library, through Special Collections.

Charges( see separate chart)

The Technical Services Department will provide digital copies of library materials on disk or via email for the charges noted.

Contacts

Contact us for more information:
Cynthia M. Coulter, Head - Technical Services
cynthia.coulter@uni.edu

Mailing Address:
Technical Services Department
1227 W. 27th Street
Cedar Falls, IA 50613-3675
Phone: (319) 273-2801
Fax: (319) 273-2870

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