DPG News

(Digital Collections) Loan, Give, Tip: How Your Materials Can Become a Part of Our Collections

One of the most rewarding parts of our work in the DPG is knowing that our efforts will lead to better exposure for Baylor’s unique collections and a better understanding of the world in which we live. The materials housed in Baylor’s special collections provide ample resources for a career’s worth of output, but there are times when even our…

(Digital Collections) Go With the (Work)Flow: How Things Get Done in the RDC

One thing we’ve learned about digitizing Baylor’s unique collections is the importance of front-end planning for the overall success of a project. It’s the crucial step that separates a “well, that went smoothly” project from a “nightmare of epic proportions” project. The challenge with workflow planning is that it’s the least glamorous part of almost every project, so giving it…

(Digital Collections) The Education of a Digitization Projects Group: A Dispatch from TCDL 2012

When the Digitization Projects Group isn’t busy saving the world (one scan at a time), we’re taking time to recharge our creative batteries and hone our technical skills at various conferences, symposia and workshops. This past week, half of the DPG (our Manager, Darryl Stuhr and myself) traveled to Austin for the Texas Conference on Digital Libraries. This is the…

(Digital Collections) A New Dimension for our Collections: Introducing the Digital Collections Podcast

Imagine a world without sound. Your favorite music – gone. No more conversations with loved ones, oral tradition is extinct, beloved stories lose their impact. A world without sound would be a world without texture, without emphasis. This is the world of document-based archival collections. The printed word is great for many things – conveying information, documenting events, preserving history.…

(Digital Collections) Checking In

We wanted to post a brief note to let you know the good folks at the Digitization Projects Group are alive and well, despite our noticeable lack of blog posting of late. Spring Break hit the campus of Baylor University two weeks ago, and this past week, we’ve been very busy getting things spiffed up for one of our oldest…

(Digital Collections) A Post for the Statisticians in the Audience (Or, Who’s Been Looking at Our Stuff?)

The phenomenal success of the Browning Letters Project did more than just expose the world to the first digitized images of more than 1,400 pieces of Robert and Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s correspondence. It also exposed the server that hosts the collection to more than 1,000,000 page views in just three days! In fact, over the course of a week, the…

(Digital Collections) “How do I love thee?” Let Us Digitize the Ways!

They were written between two of the most famous names in Victorian poetry, spanning a famous courtship, an elopement to Italy, and a widower’s final years. They were preserved by two institutions of higher education in the United States, one a private liberal arts college in the Northeast, the other a private Baptist university in Texas. And now, for the…

(Digital Collections) Tools of the Trade: The Specialized Scanners of the RDC

Following an encounter with one of the Dark Knight’s trademark high-tech gadgets in Tim Burton’s 1989 film “Batman,” the Joker famously quipped, “Where does he get those wonderful toys?” We get a similar question – thankfully, from people of better moral character – when people see the specialized scanners the Riley Digitization Center uses to carry out the digitization projects…