Category Archives: Digitization

3D Digitization Project: testing phase

Our Digitization Manager, Jeremiah, has been working on a pretty exciting project, and we thought we’d share some pictures from the testing phase. Late last year, we got a grant from UA Libraries to develop a digitizing process for relief objects, including an inexpensive … Continue reading

3D Digitization Project: testing phase (continued)

Last week, we told you about a test of our Digitization Manager’s relief digitization process, under development thanks to a UA Libraries’ Innovation Grant. The project: a process to capture relief data using (1) a regular mounted digital camera setup, (2) a piece of … Continue reading

A new constellation

Look like a new constellation? Sometime during the night last night, a tiny dusty gecko fell from the ceiling onto the plate glass for one of our overhead cameras, and our Digitization Manager captured this remarkable image. Meet our new … Continue reading

Adventures in 3D printing

Our Digitization Manager, Jeremiah, has been working on a local grant to develop a way to capture relief data from otherwise mostly flat materials like embossed paper, wax seals on envelopes, and the surface of coins. The project is currently … Continue reading

African-American Soldier Portraits

Right now, in the Pearce Foyer of Gorgas Library (2nd floor, Quad side), you’ll find a pretty cool exhibit: Highlighting the collections of Rev. Wylheme Ragland of Decatur, Alabama,  A North Alabama Clergyman’s Passion for History: Preserving Black History through Words and … Continue reading

Audio Digitization: a look at the Rohlig process

Audio Digitization is a completely different type of mole hill than Image Digitization. There are different concerns, such as playback speeds, distortion, clipping, etc. There are also different types of technical metadata needed, such as track begin and end times. … Continue reading

Automating the capture process

As part of our ongoing efforts to develop and adopt workflow practices that increase the amount and quality of images we put into our digital archive we are always looking at new changes to our digitization process. Currently we are … Continue reading

Day of Digital Archives: Finding Balance

Did you know today is the second annual Day of Digital Archives? It’s about celebration but also education: Just what is it we actually do here at Digital Services? What I like about being a Digitization Technologist is that it’s … Continue reading

Digital Services is hiring!!!

Digital Services at the University of Alabama is hiring for two new positions: Digitization Technologist and Digital Repository Manager! For more information, or to apply, please go to and search in the Working Title field. Digitization Technologist The Digitization … Continue reading

Fleeting Sounds

Usually when we think of ephemera — items that were originally meant to be discarded after use but have since become collectibles [source] — we think of documents. Paper is the medium of choice for these transitory items, from ticket … Continue reading