Three new digitisation case studies are now available on the LIFE-SHARE Project website. After taking a broad overview of all of the digitisation activities going on in the libraries of the three White Rose Consortium universities (see here for a summary), the project next took a closer look at specific areas of digitisation, with series of case studies.

  • At Sheffield, a case study was run looking at audio/video digitisation and at obtaining the permissions needed to digitise recordings when inadequate permissions were acquired from participants by the makers of the original recordings. The case study obtained permissions from a sample of recordings held in Sheffield special collections and then digitised a sample to preservation standards.
  • At York a case study was run looking at the processing of on-demand digitisation for Special Collections and Archives staff. Best practice was established for receiving requests; producing and delivering digital copies to customers; and long term storage of the digital copies.
  • A second York case study investigated the best approaches for delivering scanned course readings online via the CLA Licence. A range of different models for service delivery and funding were drawn up based on the experiences of existing services.
  • At Leeds a case study is still ongoing (more details to follow) investigating the costs of preserving a collection of texts from the first half of the 20th century published on acid paper. Comparative costs have been produced for both the physical conservation of 200 monographs and their preservation by means of digitisation.