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Digitizing Collections: Equipment

A guide for digitizing collections for access and preservation.


  1. Planning 
  2. Selection
  3. Digitizing materials
  4. Processing files, creating master and access files
  5. Metadata creation or re-purposing
  6. Digital preservation of master files
  7. Presentation of access files in an online content management platform

Digitization Equipment

Audio Digitization Equipment

Cameras & Copystands


Typically a copy stand or table top set up uses two at 45 degrees on either side of the thing being photographed. Lights can be as simple as desk lamps or professional photography lights. Fluorescent lights that are daylight balanced are a good choice.

Film Scanners

Flatbed Scanners

Flatbed scanners can be used for various material types including photographs, documents, books and  often including film and slides.

Resources for Equipment

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