Capturing Quality Images of Visual Resources

This activity is now closed. The information on this page is provided for historical purposes only.

By 1998 sources for instruction in digitizing text or text and images existed and were growing. But none specifically dealt with the challenges of two- and three-dimensional, as well as color-intensive, materials—such as original photographs, prints, drawings, maps. To address this need, the Digital Library Federation, the Council on Library and Information Resources, and RLG created an editorial board of experts to review the state of the art in digital imaging of visual resources.

These experts were charged to identify imaging technologies and practices for visual resources that could be documented and recommended. The group arrived at a set of guides in the science of imaging—objective measures for image qualities and how they can be controlled in various aspects of the imaging process. DLF and CLIR then commissioned board-recommended authors to work with the detailed outlines the board had created. Together, we published the resulting guides on the Web in 2000.

We are a worldwide library cooperative, owned, governed and sustained by members since 1967. Our public purpose is a statement of commitment to each other—that we will work together to improve access to the information held in libraries around the globe, and find ways to reduce costs for libraries through collaboration.