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Digitization Basics: Plan Before You Scan (Session 1)

  • Digitization
  • Webinar
  • 1.5 CE Hours


This webinar series provides a solid overview of how to plan, execute, and assess a digitization project. If you’re new to digitization or are still thinking about how to get started, this series will lay the groundwork you need to create a successful project.

Our webinar leaders will walk through all the pieces you need to think about, from factors to consider before you make your first scan, to the steps (and tools) required for completing archival quality scans, to storage and organization options that provide the best access for your users.

Attendees of this webinar series will have the opportunity to:

  • Learn how to define a project’s scope and goals (including factors like costs and funding options)
  • Discuss the selection and preparation of materials for digitization (including potential roadblocks)
  • Examine a variety of tools and options for digitization (including details of creating an archival-quality scan like resolution, bit depth, and file types)
  • Explore access and storage issues (including the importance of metadata)
  • Talk about assessing the success of a project and planning for the future
Session Description:

“Fail to plan, and you plan to fail.” How many of us have heard those words of wisdom? Never are they truer than when we talk about digitization projects.

If you have daydreams (or nightmares) about how to start digitizing items in your collection, this session will lay the groundwork needed to lessen your stress and increase your success. Our webinar leaders will walk you through a framework of factors to consider before you make your first scan.

Attendees of this session will have the opportunity to:

  • Learn how to define a project’s scope and goals
  • Discuss costs and funding options
  • Explore issues to consider when selecting materials
  • Review possible project restrictions, like copyright

Who Should Attend

Library staff working with local history materials, those looking to start a digitization project or program, or anyone with an interest in the topic.


Jenni Salamon Manager, Digital Services Department

Jenni Salamon is the Manager of the Digital Services Department at the Ohio History Connection. She manages Ohio Memory and the Ohio History Connection’s digitization and microfilming programs, including the Ohio Digital Newspaper Program. She also coordinates and provides outreach and training on digitization and related topics, with a particular focus on newspaper preservation, digitization and research. Jenni has a BA in English from Ohio University, an MLIS from Kent State University, and a Digital Archives Specialist Certificate from the Society of American Archivists.

Kristen Newby Digital Projects Coordinator, OHC

Kristen is a digital projects coordinator at the Ohio History Connection, where she works closely with the Ohio Memory team to make Ohio’s rich archival collections available to the public. Metadata creation and remediation are essential and ongoing parts of this work. When not working on metadata, she enjoys watching movies, hiking, and eating pizza.