Texas Digital Library Conference System, 2016 Texas Conference on Digital Libraries

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A Model for Surfacing Hidden Collections: The Rescuing Texas History Mini-Grant Program at the University of North Texas Libraries
Jake Mangum, Marcia McIntosh

Last modified: 2016-03-22


The University of North Texas Libraries (UNT Libraries) have for, almost a decade, directed a digitization service called Rescuing Texas History Mini-Grant Program (RTH) with the goal of helping local and state-level cultural heritage institutions and private owners digitize their holdings.  The RTH allows UNT Libraries to work toward the goals of developing mutually-beneficial relationships with regional organizations while preserving and providing access to a large variety of historical items-- including photographic prints, books, documents, reports, and at-risk individual keepsakes-- in The Portal to Texas History digital repository. The model described in this presentation will explain the methods and lessons learned over the years of conducting the program. The RTH's overall structure can serve as a model for sustainable, large-scale digitization initiatives.


digitization; digital collections; academic libraries