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Digital Laboratory

The Digital Laboratory was established in 2010 to support instruction and research in the areas of digital preservation and digital libraries

Facilities include digitization workstations where students can gain experience in the reformatting of books, manuscripts, photographs, large format visual materials, and audiovisual materials.

Highlights of the digital workstations include a scanner that has the capability to digitize slides and transparencies, a book cradle for bound volumes, a copy stand for posters and architectural drawings, and a dozen different legacy audio and video players, which allow students to transfer decades-old analog recordings to current digital formats. Kent State's SLIS has one of only a few programs in the nation that teaches how to digitize obsolete analog formats, particularly for audiovisual materials.

The Digital Laboratory is also used for seminar courses in digital libraries and preservation, with space for up to 15 students. Instructional equipment includes video projection, a LCD high-definition television, and a combination VHS/Blue-Ray DVD player. The laboratory will also allow SLIS to partner with local institutions, such as libraries and historical societies, to work on reformatting projects using the new equipment.

For more information about the Digital Laboratory, contact Karen Gracy, Ph.D., at kgracy@kent.edu or 330-672-0049.