Texas Digital Library Digital Imaging Inventory Project
Project: Survey of TDL Consortium Members and Development of Digitization Lab Location Tool
Role: MSIS Capstone
The Texas Digital Library (TDL) is a consortium of twenty-four higher education institutions in the state of Texas, dedicated to building capacity for digital preservation and access to their member institutions’ unique collections through the development of technology infrastructure and the facilitation of collaboration amongst their member community. To fulfill the Capstone requirements for my Master’s program at the University of Texas School of Information, I worked with TDL over the course of the Spring semester of 2020 to plan and carry out the Digital Imaging Inventory Project, composed of the following:
Member Needs Survey - A survey instrument to be distributed to TDL’s member institutions to better understand the state of their current digitization programs, as well as their future needs. TDL also requested that the survey serve to identify “hidden” collections that would particularly benefit from digitization.
Lab Location Tool - A database, website or list of digitization service providers, designed to allow TDL’s members and other preservation programs in the state of Texas to locate and partner with digitization service providers. This section of the project was also to include a data hygiene plan for its continued maintenance.
Results Report - A written report containing an analysis of the results of the Member Needs Survey and the Data Hygiene plan section of the Lab Location Tool. At the outset, the scope of the project was very wide, including the possibility of a search for possible sources of funding for future digitization collaboration and the identification of member institutions with similar collections which could benefit from such collaboration.
The Digital Imaging Inventory was accepted as a "24 X 7" Presentation for the Texas Conference on Digital Libraries 2020, which was cancelled due to Covid 19. The presentation has been recorded and is available here.