Digitization Center Services

Providing quality digitization and planning for access, research and preservation.

  • Specialized technologies and resources for increased access
  • Custom digitization projects for the University and community
  • Project coordination bringing digitized items at WMU to the Internet
  • Quality digitization
    • Studio and lab facilities with more than 10 image capture systems
    • New technologies, standards, and best practices for preservation and access
    • Expertise in color management for optimum color quality
    • Text recognition (OCR)
    • Metadata created to current standards (as required)
  • Full service planning, imaging, and hosting
    • Full time project manager
    • CONTENTdm and LUNA image databases available for hosting
    • Library focus on accessibility and usability
    • Digitization project estimates for grant proposals
    • Consulting
  • Custom Digitization Projects for
    • Community, University, business, private
    • Work is done on a fee-for-service basis

Digitization capabilities

  • Image capture of almost any size flat original (up to 42” and ½” thick)
  • Film and transparencies up to 12.2” x 16.5”
  • Batch scanning of mounted slides
  • Text scans from books and sheets with OCR (optical character recognition)
  • High-speed scanning of individual single and double-sided pages
  • High quality digital photography and copy work up to 200 megapixels per image
  • Fragile manuscript and document handling with specialized cradles and holding devices
  • Specialized scanners for handling bound books and non-standard documents
  • Three-dimensional originals with color balanced lighting
  • QuickTimeVR creation with motion and zoom for 3D items
  • Archival color printing up to 44”
  • Microfiche and microfilm digitization
  • Color managed work flow
  • Online image database hosting
  • Problem-solving experience for unique originals
  • Custom services all available in-house

Types of projects completed

  • Manuscripts
    • Grant from humanities organization to create a digitized collection of eight personal manuscripts
  • Books and journals
    • Out of print history book published online for classroom use
    • One of a kind book from a distant library for researcher
    • Rare books and journals preserved and made available to researchers world-wide
  • Art work and high resolution images
    • Visual arts library image collection made accessible online for teaching through ‘fair use' guidelines
    • High resolution images for an academic research publication
    •  Images from a large art collection made available to distant user
  • Photographs
    • Large local photography negative collection converted and published in digital format
    • Digitization of color slides
  • Documents
    • University documents organized in a repository for Higher Learning Commission
  • Maps
    • Enhanced accessibility of digitized maps
  • 3-D objects
    • Proof of concept for 3-D objects used by a WMU department

Types of customers and collaborators

  • Researchers at WMU and around the country
  • University departments at WMU
  • Midsize public libraries
  • Regional special interest groups 
  • Local governmental departments
  • Small public universities
  • Private colleges
  • Local, regional and state universities
  • Community groups and partners

Contact information

  • Phone: (269) 387-4776 or (269) 387-2002
  • Location: Waldo Library, Lower Level, Room 0156