Digital Library

Imaging Center Logo ImageThe Digital Library department works closely with the Web Services department, Metadata Unit, and collections managers to produce all kinds of content for the Digital Library including online exhibitions, image collections, and of course our online booksHere is a continually updated list of our most recent scans

The department manages digitization for all of the Smithsonian Libraries' including book digitization for the Biodiversity Heritage Library as well as special digitization projects for archival and manuscript material.
Though most of our mass-scanning is done in partnership with the Internet Archive, our in-house imaging center provides high quality digital images for online display as well as gallery exhibition design and installation; print publications of the Institution; and other publication needs. The imaging center is the primary digitizer of all large-format (folio, map) materials, manuscripts, archival collections, and exceptionally fragile material.

Imaging Center Equipment List 10/2012

  • Hardware
    • PhaseOne P65+ scanning back with DT RCam and Digital APO Lens System used on a camera stand with strobe lighting
    • BC100 Book Capture System with two PhaseOne P40+ scanning backs angled glass platen and continuous LED lighting
    • Internet Archive Scribe
  • Software
    • CaptureOne imaging software
    • Macaw metadata capture and workflow
    • Internet Archive biblio software
  • Calibration 
    • Golden Thread