Lara Deanna Unger
Digital Conversion Supervisor
I am the staff supervisor for Digital Conversion projects that involve paper and printed materials that are scanned on our book scanners. Daily activities include preparation of materials to be scanned for digital projects, working with and finding solutions for fragile and rare materials. quality review of images produced, instructing SI student interns in digitization project management, workflows, best practices, digital preservation, how to use scanning equipment. Additionally I tackle workflow issues and solutions for complicated materials. This unit was formerly part of the Preservation Division and was responsible for the microfilming projects done at the University of Michigan Library and while we are no longer part of Preservation, I retain institutional knowledge of those projects and best practices for the collections of University of Michigan Microfilm negatives.
I have a BA in History (non-western civilizations), with a minor in Computer Science, and a concentration in Religious Studies (non-western). I have been working at the University of Michigan Library since 1998 starting in Preservation (Brittle Books Reformatting) and that whole unit made the administrative transition to become the Digital Conversion Unit in what is now Library Information Technologies in 2006.