The Department of Digital Initiatives was established in July 2006 with the purchase of two high-quality scanners, a Canon Flatbed Scanner and a BookEye Planetary Scanner. The BookEye Scanner is specifically designed to accommodate oversized and especially fragile materials as it scans from above. In 2011, a BookEye 4 scanner was added. This high-speed scanner is capable of scans up to 17 x 24 inches and as small as a postage stamp. It scans in color or black & white and is four times faster than a desktop scanner. The department's equipment, along with trained staff, allow for the creation of high-quality scans while even the most delicate materials are handled with the utmost attention and care.
By converting materials to digital formats, the Department of Digital Initiatives can support research and instructional needs. In addition, digital surrogates can be used as a means to highlight and promote the University Libraries' materials in such as way that more users can gain access and discover them, and the materials themselves can be better preserved. Currently, images are stored using the digital preservation system, Rosetta. Access is then through the new search tool Find It!.
Our first project was the Edwin A. Link, Jr. Digital Archives. These digital archives display photographs from collections portraying Edwin A. Link, Jr., the local inventor, industrialist and pioneer in aviation simulation, underwater archaeology and ocean engineering. The digital archive has since been expanded to include images from the Binghamton University Archives and the Vera Beaudin Saeedpour Kurdish Library & Museum Collection. Our digital collections will continue to be expanded in the future to include materials from other collections.