Digitization Services

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Digital Collections Services provides two levels of digitization services: full-service digital archiving reserved for internal projects led by the IU Libraries and self-service digitization lab open to all members of the IU community as part of the Scholars’ Commons.

Digitization Consultation and Production Services
Our internal production lab is dedicated to the digitization of materials from IU Libraries’ special collections, affiliated archives, and cultural heritage organizations on the IU Bloomington campus. We also offer advice on appropriate hardware, software, and procedures for digital conversion and for management and migration of born-digital objects. As part of our assessment of candidates for digitization we advise on appropriate procedures for material handling and provide preservation recommendations for the physical items.

Scholars' Commons Digitization Lab
The Scholars' Commons Digitization Lab is a high-end multimedia, multidisciplinary self-service lab dedicated to the digital conversion of materials, and the management and migration of born-digital objects in support of research needs and interests of Indiana University Bloomington's faculty and graduate students.

Patron using the flatbed scanner.  Patron digitizing video

 

 

 

 

 

The lab is comprised of two adjoining spaces: the open Digitization Lab and the Secure Digital Analysis room. The open Lab provides large format flatbed, high speed, transparency-capable, and sheet-fed scanners for textual documents (bound, loose-leaf, manuscript, etc.), photographs, negatives, and small to medium three-dimensional objects. The Secure Digital Analysis room is primarily for the digitization and analysis of audio and video. See a list of the labs' hardware and software and instructions on how to use the equipment and software located in the labs.

The Scholars' Commons Digitization Lab is a self-service, walk-in service point that is open according to the Wells Library East Tower hours of operation.

The Audio/Visual space that is part of the lab is open only when trained technicians are on duty due to the specialized nature of the equipment.  Trained technicians are available:

  • Fall and Spring semesters:
    • Monday through Friday: 10 am to 4 pm 
  • Summer semester:
    • Monday, Wednesday, Friday: 10am to 1pm
    • Tuesday, Thursday: 1pm to 4pm

Trained technicians are not scheduled to work during university breaks and holidays.  

The lab may be periodically closed to the public for teaching and training purposes. The schedule will reflect these temporary closings 3 business days before the scheduled teaching/training session.  Consult the lab schedule and plan accordingly.

If you are interested in reserving the lab for training or teaching,  please contact Kara Alexander, Digital Media Specialist or Michelle Dalmau, Head of Digital Collections Services.  

If you think the IU Libraries would be interested in partnering with your digitization project, or if you are interested in learning more about our digitization services, please contact Kara Alexander, Digital Media Specialist, Digital Collections Services.

Consult the Scholars' Commons Digitization Lab Policy for more information.