Digitization Kits

Let’s Share! Building a Digital Community

Preservation through digital archive creation, and the ability to access archival materials plays a major role in how we understand the past. However, the selection of what is protected, maintained, and accessible is not always equitable, particularly when preservation and access in a digital environment requires technical infrastructure and expertise that may seem mysterious, and equipment that is not accessible financially, or through proximity to a large institution with greater resources.

In order to ensure that small and rural communities have the opportunity to share and preserve their stories and local history, the Colorado State Library (CSL) is excited to offer digital creation kits to libraries and cultural heritage organizations that wish to participate in the Plains to Peaks Collective (PPC), and by extension the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA), but don’t have the funds to purchase digitization equipment, and/or don’t have a long-term need for it. Kit contents are designed to make archive creation more accessible, and give our communities the resources they need to begin sharing their stories digitally.

Beyond preservation and access, making your digital collections available online is beneficial to your organization and community because it can:

  • Increase traffic to your collections and therefore your institution
  • Build a community around individual collections
  • Establish a platform for underrepresented groups
  • Place your institution on the same playing field as others

Let’s Share!

Digital Creation Kit

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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 blue 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 Spriers, 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
Further Reading on the Digitization Process

Further Reading on Selecting Collections

Quick References to Determine Copyright Status

Further Reading on Copyright

Basic Equipment and Software Recommendations

Further Reading on Digital Capture & Oral History

Documentation

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

Further Reading on Cataloging and Metadata

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

Template – Oral History Consent and Release Form

Template – Oral History Information Form

Digitization Resource Kit Feedback Form

Loan period
Staff in Colorado libraries may check out kits directly from the State Library through the CSL AspenCat Catalog at https://csl.catalog.aspencat.info/ for 2 months at a time and may renew if there is not a hold on that kit.  Kit contents are meant for use by the borrowing institution, and not intended to be checked out to individual patrons. The Digital Creation Kit is available for loan to in-state, non-library organizations (e.g. museums, archives, etc), but special arrangements will need to be made for delivery and return.  If you are interested in borrowing the kit, but are not a library (and thus not on the Courier system) contact Kit Support support directly at KitSupport@coloradovirtuallibrary.org.  Kits cannot be reserved for a specific date in the future and are not available for loan to out of state libraries or cultural heritage institutions at this time.

Returning the kit
As you prepare to return the kit, please verify that it is complete using the Kit contents checklist on the back of the binder. Be sure to include your completed Feedback Form, or fill out the online feedback form so that we can improve the experience for everyone.

General Kit Support

For questions about borrowing, delivery, or return of the kit, contact Kit Support at KitSupport@coloradovirtuallibrary.org.

Digital Creation Support

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

Marisa Wood
Statewide Collaborative Programming Coordinator
mwood@coloradovirtuallibrary.org
303-351-2338

Bard Box

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The Bard Box Kit contains equipment to facilitate oral history interviews and is coming soon!

This kit is designed to be used by staff who are new to digitization at libraries and cultural heritage organizations and wish to preserve the local stories of the members of their communities and participate in the Plains to Peaks Collective (PPC) (and by extension the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA)) through the creation of oral history interviews.

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Loan period
Staff in Colorado libraries may check out kits directly from the State Library through the CSL AspenCat Catalog at https://csl.catalog.aspencat.info/ for 2 months at a time and may renew if there is not a hold on that kit. The Bard Box is available for loan to in-state, non-library organizations (e.g. museums, archives, etc), but special arrangements will need to be made for delivery and return.  If you are interested in borrowing the kit, but are not a library (and thus not on the Courier system) contact Kit Support support directly at KitSupport@coloradovirtuallibrary.org.  Kits cannot be reserved for a specific date in the future and are not available for loan to out of state libraries or cultural heritage institutions at this time.

Returning the kit
As you prepare to return the kit, please verify that it is complete using the Kit contents checklist taped to the top of the box. Be sure to include your completed Feedback Form so that we can improve the experience for everyone.

General Kit Support

For questions about borrowing, delivery, or return of the kit, contact Kit Support at KitSupport@coloradovirtuallibrary.org.

Digital Creation Support

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

Marisa Wood
Statewide Collaborative Programming Coordinator
mwood@coloradovirtuallibrary.org
303-351-2338

Additional Resources

Stories of ColoradoPlains to Peaks CollectiveCVL-Collections

Stories of Colorado is a collection of Colorado related content, from individuals or institutions that do not have an online presence themselves, but have interesting and relevant pieces of Colorado history and culture to share.  The Stories of Colorado collection is curated by the Colorado State Library, but contains content contributed by individuals throughout the state.  Collections include oral essays, photographs and images, documents and videos, what ever captures the experiences, feelings, and moment in time of the people in our great state.

The Stories of Colorado Collection also supports the growth of other services provided by the State Library to the Colorado cultural heritage community, including the Tell Your Story activity from the CSL Big Red Recourse Kits, as well as the CVL-Collections service and the Plains to Peak Collective, making unique digital collections available to all within our state and beyond.

To learn more about Stories of Colorado, and how you can participate, visit stories.cvlcollections.org/about.

The Plains to Peaks Collective (PPC) is the Colorado and Wyoming Service Hub of the Digital Public Library of America, or DPLA. The Plains to Peaks Collective helps libraries, archives, and museums share unique digital collections with a wider audience.

This page features news about the Collective and the digital collections of Colorado and Wyoming. To learn more about the Plains to Peaks Collective, and how your institution can participate, visit the website PPC.cvlsites.org.

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These kits are made possible through grant funds from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) administered by the Colorado State Library.