One of the book scanners used for digitising manuscripts and books in the LIbrary's collection
The Unit specialises in the digital capture of images and texts from a range of document types. Using high-end scanning equipment, state-of-the-art workflow software and with extensive staff experience, preservation quality digital files are generated.
The digital resources are made available on-line via existing digital libraries or from University of Southampton repositories or websites.
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Digitisation of books, manuscripts and pictures is bringing to light a wealth of information that may have laid undiscovered. On-line resources provide the lecturer and researcher with new content to share and explore. New online libraries are being created by pooling digital resources from many source libraries. Digital access to fragile materials reduces management and handling and enables the original to be preserved. Pressures on prime storage space can be eased once the material has been digitised.
Using state of the art scanning equipment the Library Digitisiation Unit provides a number of online initiatives that include:
The Library shares some of its special collections with students through a multi-touch kiosk, running Turning the Pages software. Turning the Pages software makes it possible to combine digital images of a book into a digital book. The kiosk allows users to interact by touch, in a way that has become second nature from tablet and smart phone use.
We are continuously adding new digital resources to the web which are freely available to the world. These are some of the the most recent:
Our line scanner uses a powerful camera, low temperature and LED lighting to produce extremely high quality images from originals up to A1