The Digital Conversion Unit (DCU) is a unit within the Digital Content & Collections department. It provides digital conversion and preservation of books, maps, posters and other flat media, as well as limited audio and moving image digitization, for the University of Michigan Library. Our primary mission is to digitize materials from the general stacks and more specialized collections alike. This includes many of the more challenging books found to be out of scope for the Michigan Digitization Project due to factors such as size or condition. We also provide digitization for DLPS collections, Deep Blue, and HathiTrust. We utilize in-house and commercial vended services, chosen depending on the scale, cost, and constraints of each project. DCU also provides consultation to other academic units around the University and elsewhere looking to start digitization.
In addition to overhead book scanners, we have a digital photographer who blends traditional and digital photographic methods to capture materials requiring special handling and best quality. Our photographer is capable of photographing a wide variety of material, including (but not limited to): illuminated manuscripts, oversized posters and maps, papyri, stone tablets, negatives, slides, and three-dimensional objects (whether photographed in the studio or on-site).
Our staff are trained in the care and handling of rare and fragile objects and artifacts. We work in concert with the Preservation and Conservation department to understand the best means for digital capture.
We can help you:
Request digitization of a U-M Library book.
Put a collection online (digitization workflow).
Learn how we do things:
Answer questions about personal scanning projects.
Phone: (734) 936-2289