Digital Services Overview

Breakthrough Digitization Awards

SEFLIN announces “Breakthrough Digitization Awards” for SEFLIN area institutions.
SEFLIN will offer one-time institution-level awards for an approved fixed cost to applicants who exhibit a need for assistance and can successfully demonstrate how Breakthrough awards will assist projects in breaking through to the next level of success. Awards will provide support for four cost categories: equipment or supply purchases, personnel stipends, contractual costs, or “mixed approved costs.” The Breakthrough award period will be from 2/1/2019 – 7/31/2019 and proposed projects must complete Breakthrough-specific tasks within this period.

2019 SEFLIN Breakthrough Digitization Awards Winners

SEFLIN is pleased to announce the four 2019 Breakthrough Digitization Awards winners. These projects demonstrate the importance of institutional partnerships, and the need to preserve and make accessible Southeast Florida’s rich history. The SEFLIN Breakthrough Digitization Awards are funded under the provisions of the Library Cooperative Grant program, administered by the Florida Department of State’s Division of Library and Information Services.

Award Winners:


Broward County Library

The Broward County Library will be digitizing and preserving 35mm film slides from their Broward County Historical Archives and the Special Collections at the African American Research Library and Cultural Center. Since 35mm slides can no longer be duplicated in analog format, the Broward County Library is ensuring that these important historical documents are preserved and accessible for future generations.

Ethel M. Gordon Oakland Park Public Library

The Oakland Park Public Library, in partnership with the Oakland Park Historical Society, is working to preserve, digitize, and share the rich and unique history of one of the oldest communities in Broward County. Now in the second phase of their digitization efforts, the Oakland Park Public Library will be creating metadata and begin hosting their growing collection.

Florida International University

Florida International University (FIU) and the South Florida National Parks are working on a digitization initiative to create an online collection of materials that illustrate the development of South Florida lands into what would become the Everglades National Park. This project will make available historical documents on one of Florida’s most culturally and environmentally significant landmarks.

Nova Southeastern University

The Alvin Sherman Library will be partnering with the Naval Air Station Ft. Lauderdale Museum to preserve and digitize their extensive collections relating to South Florida history during World War II. This project will not only preserve an important part of history, but also make these documents openly accessible to a wider audience via the institutional repository of Nova Southeastern University.

Digitization Projects

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 are 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.

The SEFLIN Portable Podcasting Kit is comprised of professional, but entry-level, equipment suitable for various types of audio projects. The Portable Podcasting Kit includes a digital voice recorder, XLR microphones, microphone stands, and a laptop preloaded with the audio-editing software Audacity. The Portable Podcasting Kit is available for use by all SEFLIN member institutions looking to explore the possibility of podcasting, recording oral histories, or other audio-related projects. The borrowing policy can be found here. If your library is interested in borrowing the Portable Podcasting Kit, or would like more information about the equipment, please contact the Director of Digital Services

SEFLIN Breakthrough Support Awards: SEFLIN is thrilled to announce that the Breakthrough Digitization Award program is back and now accepting proposals. The Breakthrough Awards are intended to support library digitization efforts that have run into roadblocks due to a financial shortfall. The purpose of these awards is to provide the necessary resources to get a project to the next level or ensure the success of projects just shy of completion. Awards will support projects that aim to create and share significant local digital content. Creativity in proposed projects is welcome, and applications are encouraged to propose novel solutions to their unique situations.

For more information about the Breakthrough Digitization Awards, please download the RFP here. First round applications are due by February 1st, 2018.

If you have any questions about the Breakthrough Awards or any of SEFLIN’s other Digital Services, please contact our Director of Digital Services, Josh Stone.

Digital Directory

The SEFLIN region is rich in digitization expertise and experience, owing to a 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 activities, 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.

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