Digital Collections Department

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Digital Collections Department advances the University's teaching and research mission by providing digitization services and support to Northwestern faculty and graduate students. We partner with other Library and University departments to provide these services and to undertake special digitization projects that bring Northwestern's unique and rare collections to researchers around the world. While digital content production is at the heart of the Digital Collections Department, we are also firmly committed to instruction, training and user support. 

Within the Marjorie I. Mitchell Digital Media Center, Digital Collections-2E Production provides digitization services, including audio and video streaming, slide scanning, audio production and special projects, for Northwestern faculty, staff and graduate students. In addition, the Kirtas scanning initiative digitizes out-of-copyright books from the Library's collections, including brittle books, ensuring broad access to their contents.

The Digital Collections-2E Digital Media Lab provides production equipment and instruction on various hardware and software applications. Though it is primarily a Mac lab, the Library's only public optical character recognition text scanner (running on a Windows PC) is also available here. The most common training and production requests in the lab are for video editing, audio editing, DVD burning, text scanning and slide scanning. Instruction is available to faculty, staff and graduate students who wish to explore new modes of research and presentation. Additionally, the Digital Collections Department provides an assortment of audio-visual equipment for checkout to Northwestern faculty, staff, and graduate students.

Digital Collections Department staff also works with the Digital Library Committee to identify and manage digital library projects. Eighteen digital library projects are currently available through the Digitized Collections page.