Have you ever wanted to digitize your family collections but never really had the time? Now is your chance to make that idea a reality!
Take advantage of the extra time you may have at home because of the COVID-19 pandemic to work on your personal archive. While you’re at it, consider helping to build, share, and preserve state history by donating some of your digital items to the ND State Library for inclusion in its North Dakota Memories collection.
The North Dakota Memories collection consists of images, documents, and objects that have been digitized from the collections of institutions and private citizens throughout the state. The items in the collection are freely accessible to all researchers online via Digital Horizons and the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA).
Typically, items are contributed to the North Dakota Memories collection through ScanDay, which is an event hosted in libraries across the state where the ND State Library’s Digital Initiatives team brings scanning and photography equipment to a community to digitize photographs, documents, objects, etc.
But now, the ND State Library has started a new new “Virtual ScanDay." Through this program, items can be submitted to the ND State Library from anywhere by anyone (even if you do not live in the state anymore). Just make sure the items you submit have some sort of North Dakota connection.
The ND State Library encourages submissions of photographs, documents, objects, oral histories, videos, etc.
Review the tabs in this section to learn more about the criteria for photographs (and other images), documents, objects, oral histories, and videos.
Still not sure what to submit? Here are a few suggestions and tips to give you some ideas.
To give you even more ideas of what to submit, you can also browse the entire North Dakota Memories collection to see what others have contributed.
Consult this handout for additional information on what should or should not be submitted:
It is preferred that photographs:
Documents can include letters, diaries, booklets or pamphlets, certificates, histories, programs, etc.
It is preferred that documents:
Objects can also be submitted (paintings, badges, medals, mugs, artworks, commemorative plates, awards/ plaques, etc.). These oversized items will likely not fit on a scanner, so they will have to be photographed.
Because objects will likely be photographed, it is preferred that they be:
It is preferred that oral histories/ audio:
If you are interested in participating in the ND State Library’s “Virtual ScanDay" and would like to submit items, or if you have any questions, contact:
Digital Initiatives Specialist
North Dakota State Library
How does one know where to even begin with a digitization project? Starting can seem intimidating. However, the process does not have to be difficult. There are some key categories that may make the decision easier, and they include:
There are also a number of things that should be considered before diving in, such as:
Consult this resource for more information on starting a digitization project:
ND State Library's Epson scanning guides:
ND State Library's handouts on hardware and software related to digitization and digital projects:
ND State Library's guides on image editor and converter software: