Digitizing Museum Collections
Regular Registration: $1,100
This course provides an overview of the steps needed to begin a digitization program with a focus on 2-dimensional archival and museum objects. Participants will take part in exercises designed to encourage critical thinking about issues involved in digital object curatorship. This course also includes a hands-on component in which participants will learn how to properly use scanners and image manipulation software to create digital files.
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Josh Hickman is the Digital Resources Librarian at Beloit College, where he oversees the creation and curatorship of digital collections consisting of holdings from the College archives and museums. Prior to his current position, Josh worked on digital projects at the Milwaukee Art Museum. He holds a B.A. from Marquette University and received his Master of Library and Information Science degree from the University of Wisconsin—Milwaukee. In addition, Josh has served on the planning committee for the Upper Midwest CONTENTdm User Group Annual Meeting since the group’s inception in 2008. Josh’s professional interests include the evolution of standards and best practices with regard to digitization and metadata for digital objects as well as the use of social media as a means of outreach and information exchange for cultural organizations.