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The primary purpose of the digitization laboratory is high-quality digitization of OU's special collections materials for global access and use.

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"Access to unique rare books once required making arrangements to examine them in person with rigid rules to ensure the conservation of the artifact, but the advent of high-quality digitization and online digital repositories have enabled new opportunities for scholarly research."


Barbara Laufersweiler, “Digitization Lab”, in Sooner Horizon: The University of Oklahoma Libraries Special Collections, Volume 3, Number 2 (Fall 2015; PDF), page 17.

"Once digitized, large collections of related works such as translation notes or letters between colleagues become subjects of scholarly study and the focus of digital scholarly tools for annotation, collaboration and more."


Barbara Laufersweiler, “Digitizing the Chinese Translation Archive”, in Sooner Horizon: The University of Oklahoma Libraries Special Collections, Volume 4, Number 1 (Spring 2016; PDF), page 8.

"To date, the digitization lab has scanned over 2,700 folders of documents. This is about 15 terabytes of digital images, representing perhaps 75,000 images, and is approximately only one quarter of the collection."


Barbara Laufersweiler, “Digitizing the Collections: The Cherokee Nation Papers”, in Sooner Horizon: The University of Oklahoma Libraries Special Collections, Volume 4, Number 2 (Fall 2016; PDF), page 3.

"The OU Libraries Digitization Lab is developing a plan to gather information about the paper during our regular digitization process for early printed books, thanks to the ideas and research of our first graduate assistant, Kraig Bartel."


Barbara Laufersweiler, “Digitizing Watermarks”, in Sooner Horizon: The University of Oklahoma Libraries Special Collections, Volume 5, Number 1 (Spring 2017; PDF), page 11.