Digital Content and Collections

Department information

  • Leadership: Kat Hagedorn
  • Organization chart
  • Staff directory for Digital Content and Collections

What we do

We’re responsible for digitizing, creating, hosting, and maintaining collected and curated materials for digital preservation and access.

We create and manage the U-M Library digital collections, which consist of images, texts, and more from libraries and museums across campus and our region. Learn more about this service.

We also coordinate our Google Book Scanning project, which scans materials from our library shelves and deposits them into the HathiTrust Digital Library.

And we’re responsible for producing accurate, searchable, full-text transcriptions of early printed materials in our Text Creation Unit and providing both in-house and outsourced preservation-quality digitization services in our Digital Conversion Unit.

Digital Conversion Unit 

We provide digital conversion and preservation of books, maps, posters, and other flat media, as well as limited audio and moving image digitization. Our primary mission is to digitize materials from the general stacks and more specialized collections.

We use in-house and commercial vendor services, depending on the scale, cost, and constraints of each project. We also consult with other academic units around the university and elsewhere who are interested in digitization.

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.

What we're working on

We're leading the creation of a new and better platform for our digital collections, which is currently the only one that provides long-term digital preservation and access to collected and curated physical material from across campus.

The work of the next 5 years is to re-envision the entire Digital Collections Platform inside a modern architecture that contains all these digital collections with an evolved and scalable service offering.

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