Digitizing: Scanning Physical Documents


Scanning Your Personal Collections (Library of Congress Personal Digital Archiving Series)


This 2-page brochure provides a basic overview of the scanning process. Although not a substitute for reading your brochure’s manual, it helps demystify some of the terminology you might encounter. It also gives some rules of thumb for file creation.


Moving Theory into Practice: Digital Imaging Tutorial http://preservationtutorial.library.cornell.edu/contents.html

This lengthy tutorial from Cornell gets into the nitty-gritty details of scanning documents. This resource is perfect for those who really want to learn digital scanning techniques inside and out.

Personal Digital Archiving: Scanning Simplified


Blog post from Public Libraries Online that offers tips to help simplify the sometimes overwhelming instructions that come with scanning equipment. Includes significant information on the pros and cons of different file types.


Bridging Physical and Digital Preservation (4:41) (Library of Congress)


Collections at the Library of Congress consist not only of material objects but also of digital files. In some cases, material objects are scanned, which creates a digital copy. The Waldseemüller Map is not only preserved in a special case to slow its aging, it has been scanned and its digital copy is online for anyone to access and explore. The Library has also created advanced multispectral images that are crucial for fully understanding the physical map and for monitoring its conservation. This video compares the physical and digital preservation of the Waldseemüller Map.

Introduction to Scanning (9:10) (Library of Congress)


This video presents the basics of scanning including scanner preparation, setting image properties, image compression and saving the file as a TIFF or JPEG.


Photographs (Government of Canada)


Since digitization works best when materials to be digitized are in good shape, this web resource, designed for information professionals but accessible to all, might be of assistance.