Policies and Procedures for Scan On Demand
We need a new policy, to help us keep our files organized and useful. We’re spending untold hours trying to clean up the share drive, and trying to figure out “what are these scans? Why do we have them? Can we delete them?”
So, I’m setting a new policy. If we need to alter it, we will, but for now, here it is. Whenever you make a scan for any purpose besides the collections we are delivering, I want a record of it: how many scans, how long it took, and a completed copy of the Request_Documentation.txt file from S:\Digital Projects\Organization. If you save the scan to the Digital Projects folder, put it in a subfolder of Misc Folders and make sure this completed text document is in the subfolder with the scans.
If we do not have the rights to digitize, copy, store, migrate, and make derivatives, we should not keep the scans. If we do not have open access rights (to make them available over the web), we probably should also not keep them. If, however, these are things we will need for future projects, we want to keep them.
If the source location is a manuscript, label the folder where you save the document with the appropriate manuscript number. (All manuscript filenames begin with u0003_, and the 2nd set of 7 numbers contains the manuscript number: MS 252 folder should be labeled u0003_0000252. This way, if we digitize content from that manuscript later, we can find these images and make use of them.)
If the source location is a cataloged item be sure to get the call number in the source location, and use it as the folder name (same reasoning).
If the content is one of those rush jobs sent over by Cheryl Altemara or the dean for a donor issue, name the folder for the donor and put it in S:\Digital Projects\Misc Folders\Donors
Thank you! If any of this is unclear, please let me know – I’ll add it to the wiki. I’ve attached a copy of the documentation text.