Digitization Laboratory

The digitization lab provides services primarily to the special collections of the University of Oklahoma Libraries:

The digitization laboratory is dedicated to high-quality digitization of OU's scholarly research and special collections materials to enable global access and awareness of these vast, rich resources. 

Digitizing Collections:

  • History of Science Collections, e.g. Galileo and Darwin collections
  • Western History Collections, e.g., Wilma Mankiller papers, Civil War-era letters
  • John & Mary Nichols Rare Books & Special Collections, e.g., Dickens Collection
  • Harry W. Bass Business History Collection

Photographic Scanning

  • High-resolution photography for books and other items that require special care
  • Portable high-resolution photography setup for books and other items
  • Automated book scanner

Large-Format Scanning

  • Large continuous scanner, for sturdy large items such as maps
  • Large overhead scanner with vacuum table and book cradle, for fragile large items and books with bound-in foldouts
  • Oversize-book overhead scanner

Document Scanning

  • High-resolution flat-bed scanners, for single-page items
  • Multi-sheet flat-bed scanner, for sturdy unbound documents of uniform size
  • Book-edge scanner, for bound documents

File Processing

  • Minimal color correction and cropping
  • Optical character recognition, and hand transcription if needed
  • Descriptive & structural metadata -- title, author, keywords, and more

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Increasing Access

The University Libraries’ aim is that these materials will be openly available and accessible on the Web to the university community as well as teachers and students, scholars, and the general public around the world.

The ultimate destination for the digitized special collections materials and scholarly research is the OU-OSU joint institutional repository, ShareOK.org

Digitization Laboratory