VALA2010 Session 15 Shadbolt

VALA20120A research idea, an administrative need and a resource capability come together in time to create an invaluable historical collection: the University Calendar story at Melbourne

VALA 2010 CONCURRENT SESSION 15 – Digitisation/Publishing
Thursday 11 February 2010 14:55 – 15:25
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VALA Peer Reviewed PaperAnna Shadbolt

Coordinator, Information Management Advisory Service, University of Melbourne

Joe Arthur

Coordinator, Digitisation and Imaging, University of Melbourne

Silvia Paparozzi

Senior Imaging Officer, University of Melbourne

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Four events were critical to our university calendar story: a researcher searching for lists of University Members over time; an administrator documenting researcher records over time; a records analyst frustrated by precious storage housing duplicate copies of calendars, and finally, the need to dispose of multiple sets of surplus calendars. Serendipity combined these events, digitising 150 years of university history and producing an invaluable digital record. The learning from our journey has been an appreciation of the complexities of digitisation projects. Key outcomes have been the development of better workflows and a more intentional strategy for future digitisation projects.