2019 Pre-ATALM Workshop: Photograph Preservation, Selection, and Digitization Planning Slides


The workshop covered the identification and care of photograph formats, selecting photographs for digitization, project organization, digitization workflows and best practices, and digital preservation considerations. Emphasis was placed on tribal needs and outcomes for digitization projects including focusing on tribal values, tribal community projects, and use of photographs and digital files. Participants were encouraged to work together and were provided with demo materials for hands-on sessions.

Instructors: Lotus Norton-Wisla, Digital and Community Outreach Archivist, Washington State University Libraries; Gina Rappaport, Archivist for Photograph Collections and Head Archivist, Smithsonian Institution's National Anthropological Archives.

Workshop Agenda

Why Digitize? Worksheet

Strategic Digitization Goals Part 1: Digitization Purpose Statement Worksheet

Digital Preservation: Initial Questions

Resource Guide

Types of Metadata

Descriptive Metadata Template

Digitization Project Decision-Making: Should We Digitize, Can We Digitize?

Digitization Project Decision-Making: Starting a Digitization Project

Strategic Digitization Goals Part 2: Digitization Selection Criteria Worksheet

Strategic Digitization Goals Part 3: Digitization Policy Worksheet

File Naming for Photographs

Audio, Video, and Image Digitization: Technical Specifications and Best Practices

Resolution Chart for Image Digitization

Scanning Instructions (Example)

The Three Essentials of Digital Preservation Part 1: File Storage