Dear Colleagues,


Archives, libraries, and museums are increasingly building collections
of digital surrogates to improve access to their cultural assets. Our
good friends at the U.S. National Archives and Records Administration
(NARA) Digital Imaging Lab produced an excellent resource of digitizing
guidelines in June 2004. This report addresses a spectrum of
considerations for digitizing a variety of works on paper valuable to
administrators and technicians alike. Topics include file formats, image
capture, metadata, and quality assessment. Although not concerned with
preservation reformatting, the guidelines provide a range of options for
increasing electronic access to primary source materials.


Today DLF releases this report in print. Online ordering of this
publication is available from,
under its full title, Technical Guidelines for Digitizing Archival
Materials for Electronic Access: Creation of Production Master Files -
Raster Images.




Barrie L. Howard

Program Associate

Digital Library Federation

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