DLP: Indiana Authors and Their Books: The Journey from Print to Digital
Wednesday, April 11, 2012 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Herman B Wells Library, Room 302, West Tower, 3rd Floor, Bloomington, IN
Michelle Dalmau and Jennifer Liss, Digital Library Program/IUB Technical Services
Indiana Authors and Their Books (Indiana Authors) is an LSTA-funded project based on the digitization and encoding of the 3-volume reference work Indiana Authors and Their Books, which initially intended to showcase approximately 150 monographs by selected authors from Indiana’s Golden Age of Literature (1880-1920). Since its original conception, the project grew in scope as a test-bed for "productionizing" e-text workflows in partnership with the Indiana University Bloomington Libraries Technical Services department. Another 200 texts in the public domain, and, at the time not yet digitized as part of the Google Books initiative, were selected for electronic conversion. Although the encyclopedic 3-volume reference work is at the center of this project, the online Indiana Authors resource was launched in phases, with an initial focus on the encoded monographs. In late Spring 2012, the encyclopedia component will be fully integrated thereby completing the project. Please join us so we can share tales surrounding the journey and evolution of the Indiana Authors project. We will share tales of fright, from vendor atrocities performed to the encoded texts to the project’s graceful degradation; tales of intrigue concerning workflows; tales of experimentation and success by partnering with IU Technical Services; and finally, tales of joy, the unveiling of the Indiana Authors and Their Books web site.