Tag Archive | Book Reformatting Project

Preservation: Removing cords

In our preservation series, we have featured removing paper clips and unstapling prior to scanning.  Though less common, we occasionally encounter materials that are tied with paper cords.  Removing them takes skill.  Check out the slideshow below to see how it’s done.  These items are tests on various subjects, including IQ tests.  They are part […]

Preservation: Re-boxing

In order to be safely shelved, some of our books are stored in pre-made boxes after they are un-stapled for scanning.  When the boxed books are returned from the digitization vendor, the pages of the books are slightly askew.  A Prange staff member carefully realigns the pages and puts the books back in the boxes.  […]

Preservation: Unstapling of books prior to scanning

Many books in the Prange Collection are bound using side staples.  In order to fully capture the text and to minimize damage during scanning, some of the books are unstapled.  Below, a Prange Collection staff member shows you how it’s done.

Preservation: cutting the folds

In the process of preparing the education books for digitization, we were surprised to find that many of the books in a section that is comprised primarily of textbooks in and about the German language, had pages that were uncut.  In a sense, these books dodged censorship, as the Civil Censorship Detachment (CCD) censors simply […]

Preservation: Tools

In order to prepare all materials so that they are ready for the digitization project, the staff member who does preservation at the Prange Collection uses many tools.  Here is a snapshot of her workstation: Teflon folder – Super-smooth folder used to flatten folds and reduce unsightly creases. Bone folder – If you want to […]

Preservation: Paper clips

In the course of digitization, we often encounter materials with paper clips, pins, nails or other fasteners.  Before these materials are digitized, the fasteners are removed, so that the best possible scan can be captured with the least damage to the originals. In the slide show below, a Prange staff member demonstrates how to remove […]

Preservation: Paper-smoothing treatment before the scanning

In the course of digitization, we sometimes encounter the materials that have severely crumpled pages.  Before these materials go to the scanning vendor, these pages need to be straighten up by our preservation staff member.  In a slideshow below, a Prange staff shows you how to smooth each pages to get the book ready for […]

Books in the Literature-General Section (PN) are digitized

We’re pleased to announce that the Prange Collection has scanned a total of 518 items in the Literature-General section.  These books are primarily about poetry, drama, movies, and plays and include materials related to Kabuki, Noh, Utai, Takarazuka Revue, Manga and Rakugo.  Below are some examples. The digital images of these books are currently only […]

Digitization of the Censored Newspaper Articles: quality control

This is the last report in a series on the Censored Newspaper Articles digitization project.  The first (Metadata Creation), second (Pre-scanning Treatment) and third (Scanning) installments are also available.  Scanning of the materials is not the end of the digitization process.  Quality control is the last step before the preservation images are archived, and the […]

Digitization of the Censored Newspaper Articles: Scanning

This is the third in a series of reports on the Censored Newspaper Articles digitization project. After metadata creation and pre-scanning treatment of the Censored Newspaper Articles (CNA), they were then ready to be scanned. Nichimy Corporation, the UMD Libraries’ scanning vendor for this project and for the digitization of the Prange Collection books, scanned […]