Archive | September 2013

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An introduction to the Historic Maryland Newspapers Project and the pros and cons of digitizing from microfilm

Because this is my first post on DigiStew, I think it would be beneficial to briefly introduce the project I’m managing and explain the parameters under which the project operates. The Historic Maryland Newspapers Project is part of the National Digital Newspaper Program (NDNP). The NDNP is funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities […]

Creating a Digitization Infrastructure

The Digital Conversion and Media Reformatting Department specializes in digitizing textual, paper-based, photographic, audio, and moving image UMD Libraries materials for use by patrons and inclusion into UMD Libraries Digital Collections. These requests and projects are digitized either in the Libraries in-house Digitization Center or through vendors. Over the past year, we have been expanding […]

Experimenting with 3D Printing

The University of Maryland’s student newspaper, the Diamondback, recently reported that the UMD Libraries have installed a 3D printer in the Terrapin Learning Commons.  Before new tools like this are installed, User and Systems Support (USS) conducts extensive research and testing. In this case, USS obtained a MakerBot 3D Printer.  The relatively small piece of desktop […]