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 books.

The department manages digitization for the Smithsonian Libraries' participation in the Biodiversity Heritage Library and our own Cultural Heritage Library project as well as special digitization projects of the Libraries' archival and manuscript material.
The Smithsonian Libraries' Cultural Heritage Library (CHL) project began in 2010 with the aim of digitizing the public domain collections housed in our History, Art, and Culture libraries. It is the counterpart to our digital collections in the Biodiversity Heritage Library, and the natural outgrowth of our "boutique" digitization program that began in 1999.  Here is a continually updated list of our most recent scans

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 held at the Libraries and scans all Smithsonian folio material destined for the Biodiversity Heritage Library.

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