Lawrence R Wentzel
Senior Associate Librarian, Digital Library Production Services, University Library
I joined the Library in 2008 as the Digital Conversion Production Manager. I manage book, audio, and moving image digitization projects that my unit - the Digital Conversion Unit - handles inhouse, or sends out to our preferred vendors. I'm involved in the LIT Coordinating Group and LIT Tools Committee; I co-chair the Audio/Moving Image Digitization Team and the Library Diversity Council (through September 2020). I also consult with anyone who has a collection they want to digitize and don't know what to do first. If a project would also involve physical conservation, digital preservation, or putting a collection online with Library resources, we'll involve those folks as well.
I find creating workflow diagrams oddly enjoyable. They bring hidden workflows and those who perform them to light. They're also a good way to practice my graphic design and concise communication. I also review digitization equipment that people may be considering for any scale project.
Before getting involved in book and image digitization in academic libraries, I studied art history and received a master's degree in European and Byzantine medieval manuscripts. Before that, I was a graphic designer, with a bachelor's degree in art.