Creating the digital for the Centre for Digital Scholarship

If you have ever wondered how print theses become accessible in UQ eSpace; how we convert print books for text analysis; or make fragile historical documents available for online research, you can now see it happening in UQ Library’s Centre for Digital Scholarship.

The digitisation zone is a new, dedicated space for the Library’s digitisation team located in UQ Library’s Centre for Digital Scholarship.  A key feature is a large glass wall, enabling clients and visitors to glimpse the range of specialist digitisation, which supports teaching, discovery, and engagement activities at UQ.

Some of UQ Library’s state of the art digitisation equipment can be seen in operation, including our two Treventus Scan Robots 2.0, which specialise in quickly converting print books to digital versions. This allows us to make print theses available online to UQ staff and students, preserve rare texts, or format material to undergo textual analysis.

Staff operating the Treventus, Scan Robot 2.0

The SMA Scan Master 0 plays a key part in the digitisation of our UQ Library’s heritage and cultural collections. While its impressive size and functionality allows us to digitise material ranging from the tiny items like the Turkish Diary to Fryer’s extensive collection of Queensland architectural plans, it was a logistical challenge to relocate to Level 5 of the Duhig Tower.

SMA Scan Master 0

Rare and fragile material is also converted to digital format using the Bookeye 4.0 and our photography and multimedia specialists continue to digitise a range of formats to preserve and make accessible UQ Library’s unique collections.

Staff member operating the Bookeye 4.0

As a visible part of the new Centre for Digital Scholarship, the digitisation team will showcase their ongoing work to digitise and make available unique UQ Library material and will also provide an insight into the digitisation services available to support digital scholarship at UQ.

If you’d like to learn more about how we digitise or discuss your digitisation needs, you can request a consultation. We look forward to seeing you in Centre for Digital Scholarship.

Elizabeth Alvey, Manager Digitisation

Last updated:
2 July 2018