July 2010 Archives

Scanning Guidelines

I recently went over the scanning guidelines with Karen, from University Archives.
This is how she wants the Green Revolution collection to be scanned.
I sent this list to all the students as well. I hope we're all on the same page.

Scan the Covers (even if they are blank)
Scan notebooks as a spread (L & R pages in a single scan)
Other than the front covers, no need to scan blank pages/spreads unless one of the pages has writing or text on it.
No need to scan blank back covers

Loose Sheets
Scan front side.
Scan back side if there is pertinent information that relates to the front side.
Do not scan date stamps on back side.

Scan front side.
Scan back side if there is writing on the back

Photo Albums:
Scan the open album as a spread if it fits in a single scan
If it doesn't fit, scan the pages separately.
No need to scan every individual photo as a single scan.
No need to scan blank front or back covers
No need to scan blank pages/spreads unless one of the pages has writing or text on it.

News Clippings:
Scan each article separately.
If there are articles that continue onto separate clippings, try to group it all into a single scan.
No need to scan the back side of the clippings if it does not relate to the article.

These are the main materials in the collection.
I may add more to this list if more materials arise.

Ready Set Scan

We're on the heels of starting to scan the Green Revolution.

We were originally expecting to start scanning June 1st. Funding has been approved.
Now we're just finishing up a year long project scanning the American Social Health Association (ASHA) documents belonging to the Social Welfare History Archives, here at the Univeristy of Minnesota Libraries.

We're nearing the last week of July and I'm hopeful my students will finish the ASHA project today. As I've learned on many occasions, however, nothing goes as planned.

I've currently got four great students scanning all the documents. Two will be leaving me at the summer's end. I'm working on hiring 2 more students to replace the ones that are leaving. Right now the students are in charge of prepping all the documents, scanning the documents and they will also handle any post scan work as needed.

Once the scanning starts I'll be tracking our progress and pitfalls throughout the project on this blog.

i2S CopiBook

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Here's a look at our scanner and lighting set up.


We're using the i2S CopiBook scanner and two free standing flourescent lights.
We are immediately sending the scans to a remote server in a different office. If we need to recall images we can do that from a workstation in the scanning room that is logged into the same remote server. We chose this route instead of scanning to the work station mainly b/c the computer could not recognize the scanner. We would eventually move all the image files to the remote server, so it did make sense to push the scans directly to the server.

The scanner captures two images in seconds. I was expecting about 100 scans per hour. Some student operators are very efficient at scanning and can capture close to 200 high scans per hour with few to no mistakes.

We've had some problems in the past with this scanner. We have a software upgrade to schedule in the near future. Once the software is loaded I hope the scanner runs smoothly for the duration of the project. That's wishful thinking, but I'm hopeful.

Green Revolution

The DLS (Digital Library Services) and University Archives are teaming up to digitize the Green Revolution project.

What is the Green Revolution project?

The term "The Green Revolution" was coined in the 1960s. It describes advances in food crop production that occurred with the development of disease resistant, high-yielding crops, initially wheat, maize and potato. These advances occurred simultaneously with intensified graduate education in plant nutrition, soil and pest management principles. University of Minnesota alumni and faculty were seminal in the initial staffing, nurturing and shaping of what was to become a worldwide, collaborative effort.

The University of Minnesota Libraries will digitize the records of the principals of the Green Revolution, the worldwide collaborative effort to expand food crop production that traces its roots to the University of Minnesota in the first half of the 20th century. The project's centerpiece is the Norman E. Borlaug Papers, which are frequently used by students, faculty, and independent scholars. With this project, we propose to expand use of the Green Revolution collections by creating digital surrogates of the materials, delivered via a web-based, publicly available, full-text searchable database.

uarc01180 John Gibler Papers
uarc01017 Elvin C. Stakman Papers
uarc01014 Norman E. Borlaug Papers
uarc00223 Helen Hart Papers
uarc00149 Department of Plant Pathology and Physiology Records

The DLS is in charge of digitally capturing 200,000 documents (rough estimation).
Once the project has been digitized we will load all the digital image files and the metadata into our searchable database -- Umedia Archives. The collection will be online and accessible to the public.

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