SEFLIN is excited to introduce a new branch of services to our members centered around the developing topic of digitization. The goal of this branch of service is to connect SEFLIN member institutions with the expertise, tools, support, and training to ensure the success of libraries through the 21st century. The current focus on digitization aims to ensure access to the unique and vitally important cultural history of the South Florida region through preservation of and expansion of access to collections.
Current projects include support for digitization projects, the building of a regional Digital Directory for collaborative partnerships, and the creation of a Digitization Resource Guide.
Digitization Project Support
Digitization Kit: SEFLIN has built an entry-level digitization kit complete with laptop, scanner, digital camera, copystand, and studio lighting that is available for use by SEFLIN member institutions for small, exploratory, or community digitization activities. The request and borrowing policy for this kit is available here. If your library is interested in borrowing this kit, or would like further information about the equipment specs, please contact the Director of Digital Services here.
SEFLIN Breakthrough Support Awards: SEFLIN provides support awards for your institutions’ digitization activities. These awards can be in the form of grants, expert consultation hours, training coordination, equipment purchases, or anything else you might require – support is based entirely on your library’s needs! The 2017 application deadline has passed but look for 2018 application information in the fall. Download the 2017 RFP for more information on the program, and for application instructions.
The SEFLIN region is rich in digitization expertise and experience, owing to the large number of brilliant professionals working in the area libraries. It is also home to a collection of rich and diverse cultural history materials, some of which are currently inaccessible to the broader public. To leverage our regional expertise and promote access to our rich materials, SEFLIN has created a directory of institutions where digitization expertise is housed, as well as a directory of local historical collections. The goal of this directory is to assist interested parties in finding partnership opportunities – whether for expertise or material! View the Digital Directory here.
Digitization Resource Guide
For those libraries in the SEFLIN region just beginning to contemplate digitization activites, SEFLIN has compiled a guide with best practices and guidelines for most entry-level projects. This guide is being constantly expanded and refined, so if your library would like a special topic covered, just ask! View the Digitization Resource Guide here.