What You Need to Know About Starting a Digitization Project

Whether you’re a community repository just dipping your toes into digitization, or you need to digitize old materials to save space and enable greater access, the ability to plan and begin a digitization project is quickly becoming an essential skill for librarians. In this workshop, digitization expert Susanne Caro will show you what you need to get started if you are new to digitization. You’ll learn about how to assess different materials for digitization, how to get buy-in and resources for your project and ways to familiarize yourself with the different tools that can help you do the work.

Topics include:
  • basic information and research needs;
  • collection selection;
  • where to find financial and human resources;
  • awareness of digital preservation needs;
  • the basics of copyright as it relates to digitization.


Susanne Caro is the former state cocuments librarian for New Mexico State Library. In addition to capturing born-digital state documents, she started the library’s first digitization project, scanning El Palacio Magazine (1913-present) and making it available online. Her book chapter “Cultural Sensitivity or Censorship?” in True Stories of Censorship Battles in America's Libraries deals with the legal and cultural issues that arose from this undertaking. Currently she is the government documents librarian (regional FDLP collection for Montana) and library liaison to the School of Business Administration at Mansfield Library, University of Montana, providing information literacy classes for business, history, anthropology and social science departments. She authored a chapter on professional development opportunities for government document librarians for the upcoming book "Revolutionizing the Development of Library and Information Professionals: Planning for the Future," edited by Samantha Schmehl Hines.


How to Register

Registration for this ALA TechSource Workshop is available on the ALA Store. You can purchase registration at both individual and group rates.


Registration for this workshop is $60.00 for individuals and $120.00 for groups.