The Duke University Libraries have begun a large-scale project to digitize selected materials from the collections and make them available to the public through the Internet Archive. Duke tested the process last year through a contract with the UNC library. (You can see the volumes from that test at the Internet Archive’s Duke University Libraries’ site.)
The content for the current digitization project will come from public domain titles: the Special Collections Library's Utopian Literature collection will be digitized first. Next, we will digitize the Confederate Imprints collection in support of the Association of Southeastern Research Libraries’ “Intellectual Underpinnings of the American Civil War” project. Plans are also underway to incorporate a patron-driven scan-on-demand workflow.
The Internet Archive will host the Duke content; however, we also have the option of downloading and preserving copies of the files locally. The digitized titles will be available as PDFs; in online versions, including ePub, Kindle, and DjVu; and through Daisy, a talking book software package. Texts will have searchable OCR associated with them.
The non-destructive, high-quality digitization process will be performed on a Scribe scanner and will generate some three thousand pages per day. The scanner operator, an employee of the Internet Archive, will transfer to Duke from the NC State University Libraries.
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