Digital Production Group instructs Rare Book School Classes

In recent weeks Digital Production Group (DPG) has provided tours and instruction on digitization workflows and best practices for two Rare Book School classes, Digital Approaches to Bibliography & Book History and XML in Action:  Creating Text Encoding Initiative (TEI) Texts. After an overview by Christina Deane, head of DPG, several student employees demonstrated specific steps in the digitization process then answered questions. Here is the story in images:

Victor Naturale, a student employee who has worked on the McGregor Fund digitization project since its inception, discusses camera settings, best practices for image capture and assembly, and appropriate handling of rare books. He emphasizes the Quality Assurance process that requires several staff members to review and approve work before publication or delivery to a customer.


As a participant examines the original document, Robert Rust, student supervisor, demonstrates the potential of multi-spectral scanning to enhance and even reveal hidden or obliterated texts by capturing multiple images using wavelengths from UV to Infra-Red then post-processing the images.



Divya Babu discusses our use of Media Pro software to develop a catalog of images. She explains our descriptive metadata process and guidelines.


Ariadne Rehbein, intern for Collections, Access, and Discovery, explains her project to improve access to the Small Special Collections Library’s manuscript collections. Responsible for converting a set of legacy finding aids in Word Document format into EAD XML, she is using and advising the development of a new tool created by Mike Durbin at the UVa Library that programatically converts files from DOCX to EAD XML. The converted aids will be imported into the Library’s new content management tool for archival data, ArchivesSpace, and will be made available through the Virginia Heritage database.