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Digitisation: Planning and processes with Ben White, Fiona Clancy, Gayle Whitby, Karl Harris, Rossitza Atanassova and Sotirios Alpanis

Ref: L1D09136

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About this course

Digitisation can increase access to collections, provide surrogates for vulnerable originals and enable virtual reunification of collections. But how do you know where to start? What equipment do you need, what type of image should you create, how do you prepare items for digitisation and make plans for their digital access?

Course Description

This training day concentrates on 'still image' capture and includes the processes involved in planning digitisation. It is focused on the digitisation of library and archive materials, though the principles are transferable to other formats. The day includes guidance on image specification, file formats, condition assessments, choosing equipment and planning for online access. You will be invited to sign up for one of two available tours: the British Library Imaging Services studio or the Qatar Digitisation Project studio.


Timetable for one day courses.

Students should arrive by 9.30am for registration.

Classes are from 9.30 - 4.30pm.

Lunch can be purchased from the nearby British Library Terrace Restaurant.


Fiona Clancy

Fiona Clancy, Photographic Studio Manager, BL/QF Partnership, British Library.

Gayle Whitby

Gayle Whitby, Digitisation Conservation Team Manager, British Library.

Rossitza Atanassova

Rossitza Atanassova, Digital Curator Digitisation, Collections Division, British Library.

Sotirios Alpanis

Sotirios Alpanis, Digital Workflow Manager, British Library.