Digital Creation

The Digital Creation Kit contains equipment to facilitate both oral history interviews and archival preservation and digitization of ephemera (including but not limited to photographs, letters, and diaries), peripheral devices for file storage and manipulation, how-to guides, templates, and best practices for metadata creation, and file storage.


This kit is designed to be used by staff who are new to digitization at libraries and cultural heritage organizations and wish to participate in the Plains to Peaks Collective (PPC) (and by extension the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA)), have identified collection content that can be digitized and that is historically significant to their community.


  • 1 1” white resource kit binder containing:
    • 1 gold key-shaped USB flash drive containing printable documents
    • In binder pouch:
      • 1 CD containing Espon Perfection v370 Scanner Driver and Utility software
      • 1 Tascam D-40 User Manual
      • 1 book (Oral history in your library: Create shelf space for community voice by Cyns Nelson, with contributions by Adam Speirs, and a forward by R. David Lankes)
  • 1 Clipboard
  • 1 Digital Recorder Tripod
  • 1 Photo/Document Scanner (Epson Perfection v370)
    • 1 DC Power Cord
    • 1 USB Cord
    • 1 Scanner Insert for Slide and Film
  • 1 Portable Digital Recorder (Tascam D-40, with case)
    • 1 USB Cord (in case)
    • 3 AA batteries (extra – in case)
  • 1 External CD/DVD Drive (with case)
    • 1 USB Cord (in case)
  • 1 1TB External Hard Drive (with case)
    • 1 USB Cord
  • 1 Laptop Computer (Asus VivoBook)
    • 1 DC Power Cord
  • Laminated Reference Guides
    • Unpacking & Repacking the Kit
    • Recommended Standards for Digital Capture
    • Quick Start: Scanner Save Settings & Configuration
    • Quick Start: Scanning with the Epson Perfection v370 Scanner
    • Quick Start: Recording with the Tascam D-40 Audio Recorder


Binder Contents–Documentation, resources, and more! (PDF)

Recommended Standards for Digital Capture (PDF)

Tascam D-40 User Manual (PDF)

Further Reading

The Digitization Process

Selecting Collections

Basic Equipment and Software Recommendations

Digital Capture & Oral History


  • Examples of Deed of Gift, Oral History Release Form, Project Participant Form (something that can capture basic biographical info about a person), etc.

Cataloging and Metadata


Metadata Worksheets (XLS): Includes worksheets for Required and Recommended Fields, Omeka CSV Import, and Generic CSV Import.

Template – Oral History Consent and Release Form (DOC)

Template – Oral History Information Form (DOC)

Digitization Resource Kit Feedback Form (DOC)

Help & Support

General Kit Support

For questions about borrowing, delivery, or return of the kit, contact Kit Support at

Digital Creation Support

For questions or assistance with the use of hardware, software, or documentation found within the Digital Creation Kit, contact:

Amy Hitchner
Metadata and Integration Services Consultant