The Digitization in a Box Project allows public libraries in South Carolina to borrow scanning equipment, laptop, and software from the State Library to start a new digitization project. Staff from libraries who participate in this program will be provided hands-on training from State Library staff on best practices of scanning, workflows, metadata, and promotion. The purpose of this new program is to encourage libraries to make available digital collections to support the educational, recreational, and informational needs of citizens. Collections will be hosted at the South Carolina Digital Library and searchable at the Digital Public Library of America.
Libraries often have photographs, local histories, maps, family papers and/or genealogical documents that could reach a wider audience if digitized and made available online. The Digitization in a Box Project allows public libraries with limited resources an opportunity to highlight their unique collections. Equipment will be loaned for 2 months with on-site training and set-up; currently this program is only available to public libraries.
Acceptable projects will follow the collection policy of the South Carolina Digital Library and generally include materials in the public domain or with permission to digitize. The content of materials should be part of your institution, of interest to South Carolinians, and support the educational, recreational, and informational needs of the people of the state.
If your library is interested in participating in the Digitization in a Box Project, please complete the online project proposal form. The project proposal should include descriptions of the following elements: