When you stop to think about it, it’s rather incredible that the content of documents that once required extensive time, travel, and extensive effort to reach are now accessible from your computer screen in a matter of minutes. But have you ever considered how all those books, manuscripts, letters, and other documents became searchable, digital resources?
Now, you can take a peek behind the scenes at Gale and find out! In a recent installment of the Gale Geek webinar series, Ray Bankoski, VP of Electronic Asset Management for Gale, talked about Gale’s process for digitizing primary-source materials from the world’s leading historical archives. He sheds light on the meticulous work that goes into making digitized books, manuscripts, audio, and other documents accessible to users of Gale’s databases, and describes some of the tools and processes that Gale uses to digitize these rare materials. Additionally, he describes the conservation and quality-control measures that take place before, during, and after the scanning and digitization of the original works.
View the Gale Geek webinar “From Offsite Warehouse to Online: Digitizing Primary Sources.”