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Digital Conversion and Media Reformatting

Digital Conversion and Media Reformatting (DCMR) manages digitization and conversion operations throughout the Libraries, performing in-house and arranging vendor-based projects. Overseen by Manager Robin C. Pike, DCMR focuses on digitization and conversion for preservation and access as well as collection development and planning. DCMR primarily digitizes special collections or rare materials for staff or patron requests and performs large-scale digitization projects. Most of these digital surrogates can be found in the UMD Digital Collections and Gateways.

In-house digitization projects are completed in the Hornbake Digitization Center and the Performing Arts Audio Digitization Studio. Assistants digitize numerous formats including books, posters, archival manuscripts, photographs, slides, negatives, audio cassettes, open reel tape, and digital audio tape. This team also creates or enhances metadata for digital objects created in-house, and performs quality assurance inspections of all files and metadata.

Digital Projects Librarian Rebecca Wack manages the Historic Maryland Newspapers Project, funded by a National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) grant. The project seeks to digitize newspapers published in Maryland from 1690-1963. Approximately 210,000 pages have been digitized during the first two grants and at least 100,000 pages will be digitized for the third two-year grant. The images and metadata are freely searchable and publicly available on Chronicling America through the Library of Congress.

From July 2016 to December 2017, DCMR managed a digitization project which is part of the Synergies Among Digital Humanities and African American History and Culture (AADHum). The digitization portion of this project is a collaboration with the UMD Libraries Special Collections and University Archives, College of Arts and Humanities (ARHU), the Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities (MITH), and the David C. Driskell Center for the Study of Visual Art and Culture of African Americans and the African Diaspora.

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