Scottish Literature Digital Projects

Presented by the Irvin Department of Rare Books and Special Collections and University of South Carolina Digital Collections

Acknowledgments

Acknowledgments

Thanks go to Dr. Patrick Scott and Elizabeth Sudduth, successive directors of the Irvin Department of Rare Books and Special Collections, for making this project possible. The project could also not have been completed without the work of Tony Branch of the Systems Department, and Kate Boyd, Ashley Knox, Santi Thompson (MLIS, 2008), Bella Wenum (BA, 2009), Will Robinson (MLIS, 2012), and Matthew W. Shepherd (MLIS, 2012) from the Digital Collections department.

Acknowledgments for collections presented within the Scottish Literature Digital Projects website are presented below. Acknowledgments for other collections may be found within their respective websites.

Robert Burns Chapbooks

The chapbooks were scanned on an Avision FB6080E bookedge scanner using Avision scanning software and on an Epson Expression 10000XL flatbed scanner using SilverFast scanning software. Santi Thompson and Bella Wenum scanned the images as color TIFFs at 24-bit and 300 ppi. From the TIFFs, Wenum created high-quality JPEGs and added the preservation metadata to the TIFF and JPEG images. The JPEG files were uploaded to CONTENTdm. The TIFFs will be maintained as archival masters on a SAN server, backed up to DVD and tape.

Thompson and Wenum created the metadata for the collection. The metadata records follow the Western States Best Practices Dublin Core format and were uploaded as tab-delimited files at the same time as the images. Kate Boyd reviewed the collection and uploaded the images to the CONTENTdm database.

Robert Burns Manuscripts

The manuscripts were photographed on a Nikon D200 digital camera by Keith McGraw. Others were scanned on an Avision FB6080E bookedge scanner using Avision scanning software, and on an Epson Expression 10000XL flatbed scanner using SilverFast scanning software. Santi Thompson scanned the images as 24-bit, 300ppi color TIFFs. From the TIFFs, Bella Wenum created high-quality JPEGs and added the preservation metadata to the TIFF and JPEG images. The JPEG files were uploaded to CONTENTdm. The TIFFs will be maintained as archival masters on a SAN server, backed up to DVD and tape.

Thompson cataloged the collection metadata. The metadata records follow the Western States Best Practices Dublin Core format and were uploaded as tab-delimited files with the images. Kate Boyd reviewed the collection and uploaded the images to the CONTENTdm database.

Letters Addressed to Clarinda, &c.

The monograph was scanned on an Avision FB6080E bookedge scanner using Avision scanning software. Bella Wenum scanned the images as 24-bit grayscale TIFFs at 600 ppi. From the TIFFs, Wenum created high-quality JPEGs and added the preservation metadata to the TIFF and JPEG images. The JPEGs were uploaded to CONTENTdm. Images were OCRed using ABBYY FineReader. The TIFFs will be maintained as archival masters on a SAN server, backed up to DVD and tape.

Santi Thompson created the metadata for the collection. The metadata records follow the Western States Best Practices Dublin Core format and were uploaded as a tab delimited file at the same time as the images. Kate Boyd reviewed the collection and uploaded the images to the CONTENTdm database.

Scottish Literature Digital Projects Website

Jason Pierce created the original website for digital projects from the G. Ross Roy Collection, which Santi Thompson adapted and updated. Will Robinson prepared an expanded website for Scottish literature digital projects from multiple collections in 2012. Matthew W. Shepherd designed and implemented the current layout, which employs HTML5 and JavaScript.

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