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Digitization and Digital Collections at UNCG

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If you have a question about our digital collections or which to get intouch with us for any reason, please email David Gwynn, Digitization Coordinator, or call at 336.256.2606.

About us

The digitization unit, a part of the Electronic Resources and Information Technologies (ERIT) Department, is responsible for the digitiaztion of primary source materials and other hitorical and archival resources both within the University Libraries and for external keepers of unique historical material, including UNCG faculty and local cultural heritage organizations.

 

Currently staffed by three full-time employees, two employees shared with other departments, and several student assistants and grant-funded staff, the digitization unit handles a variety of projects within theUNCG Digital Collections.

 

For a consultation, please email David Gwynn, Digitization Coordinator. More information on faculty digitization services offered by Digital Projects or by other departments on campus can be found here.

 

For information on ordering high resolution copies of our digitized material or to arrange permission for publication or other reuse, please visit this page.

 

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Digital collections priority areas

The Digital Projects Priorities Team has identified four collection priority areas for new digital projects based on collection strengths and priorities within the University and the Univiversity Libraries:

Current projects

For a list of our completed projects, please visit the UNCG Digital Collections home page. For updates, check out the Digital Collections blog or Facebook page.

 

The Digital Projects Priorities Team met on 7 August 2019 and approved the following projects for 2019-2020:

New projects:

 

Grant-funded digitization:
  • Women Who Answered the Call: Digitizing the Oral Histories of Women who Served in the U.S. Military and the American Red Cross:
    Digitize and preserve at-risk audiovisual materials (303 audiocasettes, 6 open-reel audiotapes, and 1 VHS videotape) that are part of the Women Veterans Historical Project. Funded via a CLIR Recordings at Risk Grant (Beth Ann Koelsch and David Gwynn)
Library-funded digitization:
  • Public Domain Cello Scores and Journals: The project would include the digitization of public domain scores and a set of journals from the Cello Music Collection (Stacey Krim).
  • UNCG Dance Theses, 1951-1978:
    This proposal seeks to digitize a collection of Dance theses created by UNCG students between 1951 and 1978. These unique materials exist only in physical copies at this time, and they were not included in a previous retrospective thesis and dissertation digitization project due to considerations including size and accompanying materials (Anna Craft).
  • Poetas sin Fronteras: Poets Without Borders, the Scrapbooks of Dr. Ramiro Lagos:
    The proposed project is to digitize a series of scrapbooks and photograph albums documenting the life and career of Dr. Ramiro Lagos, a professor emeritus of poetry in the Romance Languages Department at UNCG, to facilitate access online and to return some of the physical items back to the donor (Patrick Dollar).
  • Digitizing of Home Economics Material in UNCG LIbrary Stacks:
    Digitize pre-1923 home economics items, ranging from cookbooks to books about household arithmetic, which are housed in the stacks (Callie Coward and Erica Rau).
Faculty research projects:
  • Civil Rights Oral Histories:
    Pilot project to make available interviews conducted by Matthew Barr (Media Studies) as part of a documentary project using OHMS (Oral History Metadata Synchronizer) and the Omeka platform. This will serve as a proof of concept for an upcoming grant application that will involve collaboration between the University Libraries and Media Studies.
Community outreach projects:
  • Temple Emmanuel Project:
    Support Temple Emmanuel in a grant application to digitize newsletters by providing set-up support and hosting for the materials.

Continuing/ongoing projects:

 

Grant-funded digitization:
  • People Not Property: NC Slave Deeds Project:
    Year 2 of an NHPRC-funded project to digitize and transcrive scale deeds from 26 North Carolina counties. Collaborative endeavor between the UNCG University Libraries, North Carolina Division of Archives and Records, and North Carolina Registers of Deeds among others.
Library-funded digitization:
Faculty research projects:
  • Oral Contraceptive Ads:
    Support digitization and hosting of a research project for Dr, Heather Adams (English) via a UNCG Libraries Digital Partners Grant.
  • Well-Crafted NC:
    Support digitization and hosting a of a project by Erin Lawrimore, Richard Cox, David Gwynn (all UNCG Libraries) and Dr. Erick Byrd (Marketing, Entrepreneurship, Hospitality & Tourism) supported by a P2 Grant from the UNCG Office of Community Engagement.
  • PRIDE! of the Community:
    Support continuation of a project by Stacey Krim, Partick Dollar, and David Gwynn (UNCG Libraries), initially funded through an NEH grant to document the Triad's LGBTQ+ community
  • TriadHistory.org:
    Continue efforts to expand web presence and community events via a collaborative local history collective of Triad cultural heritage institutions. UNCG representatives are David Gwynn (chair) and Erin Lawrimore.
Community outreach projects:
Infrastructure projects:
  • Islandora Migration:
    Complete migration of digital content to a new platform,
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