Express Library Digitization and Conservation Awards

The goal of the Express Library Digitization Award is to enable libraries to digitize historical materials or a unique collection to increase its accessibility within and without the institution

For more information about this funding opportunity and how to apply, please click here.

Projects funded from May 2006 - April 2011 contract


Funded Projects May 2011-Present

Associaton of American Medical Colleges
October 1, 2014-Aprl 30, 2015

Association of American Medical Colleges
To digitize historical documents from the Association of American Medical College Governance collection.
May 1, 2013-April 30, 2014

Atlanta Health Sciences Libraries Consortium
Our objective is to preserve and to increase access to the significant documents of the Atlanta Health Science Libraries Consortium (AHSLC) historical archives collection. For this project, in recognition of the 40 year anniversary of AHSLC, we would like to digitize historical documents from our AHSLC collection – specifically, selected records from our membership rolls and meeting minutes, as well as all founding correspondences and event records from 1974 through present, relating to governance documents, the strategic planning, and the organizational changes that occurred over the years. By digitizing these historical records in the OCR PDF/A format, we will provide access to a broader range of documents - especially those governance documents and planning documents of special relevance to our regional members - by having them accessible and searchable on our website for anyone with Internet access. Digitization will also greatly aid in preserving these documents by reducing the physical damage to them caused by transferring them to a different location each year with the Chairperson. It is our hope that by increasing the availability of these documents, this project will lead to increased interest in the value of health science librarians in the Atlanta-Metro region and the role that AHSLC can play in community health education. The AHSLC formed in 1974 to foster professional growth, education and communication among area health sciences librarians, to promote the value of libraries, to encourage their development and to facilitate resource sharing.
May 1, 2014-April 30, 2015

District of Columbia Association of Health Sciences Libraries
This project aims to digitize the historical print documents for the DC Area Health Sciences Libraries (DCAHSL), a District-based non-profit health sciences library organization which began in 1973. As DCAHSL is the only DC-based health sciences libraries group, digitizing these papers would provide valuable insight into the history and activities of concern to the local health libraries community. Documents to be digitized include: bank statements (2003 to date); bylaws (current and past versions); membership directories (1985 to date); general records consisting of agendas, minutes, correspondence, flyers, treasurer's reports, etc, (1990 to date).
May 1, 2014 - May 31, 2015

Georgia Health Science University
Approximately 16,630 pages of the Southern Medical and Surgical Journal (SMSJ) will be digitized.
May 1, 2012-April 30, 2013

Georgia State University
We propose to digitize two small archival collections relating to women's health issues. The collections contain a total of eight boxes, four of which contain loose paper and bound items such as booklets and programs. Also included are four boxes of three-dimensional artifacts such as t-shirts, buttons, and medical instruments. The paper portion of the collections will be sent to an external vendor to be digitized; the artifacts will be digitized in-house. The digitization vendor will capture basic metadata about each item (title, identifier) during the digitization process; additional description will be done in-house after the digitized images are received. All digitized items will be uploaded to the library's digital asset management system, CONTENTdm, and made freely available online through the library's website.
June 1 2015 - April 30, 2016

Georgetown University - National Center for Education in Maternal and Child Health
The library will complete these steps: 1. Hire temporary staff to scan these materials, using scanning equipment already in use at the library. Scanning equipment can handle loose pages and bound volumes, and can create OCR files so readers can search for terms within the documents. 2. The Director of Library Services will review electronic files for quality and completeness, catalog them individually so they are accessible using the library online catalog, then post them to the library website. 3. Develop a web page that describes the collection. 4. Promote the collection.
May 1, 2015 - April 30, 2016

Lincoln Memorial University
Funding from this award will be used toward digitization of two collections of value to researchers within and outside of LMU. The first collection consists of approximately 12,000 slides in 24 non-archival binders that were donated to the library in June 2011 by a dean emeritus of a school of dentistry; the collection consists of pathology, dermatology, and other images that are not limited to oral diseases and conditions. The second collection consists of images and documents related to LMU’s first medical school, which existed briefly in the early twentieth century.
May 1, 2012-April 30, 2013

Medical University of South Carolina
Scan 379 antebellum inaugural theses about fevers; 2. Process images, create metadata, and upload 379 theses into MEDICA, MUSC's digital library; 3. Develop and promote an online platform to recruit and enable crowdsourcing transcription service for digitized theses. There are a total of 1,858 medical theses written by candidates for medical degrees at the Medical College of South Carolina between the years 1825 to 1860 in the Waring Historical Library at MUSC.
June 1, 2015 - April 30, 2016

Medical University of South Carolina
To scan and archive medical thesis.
May 1, 2013 - April 30, 2014

Medical University of South Carolina
The MUSC Library’s Learning Commons is sponsoring a Technology Fair during the Fall 2013 Semester. This one-day event will be held from 11:00 AM to 1:30 PM, for faculty, staff, students, librarians, media specialists, and educational technologists interested in emerging technology-enabled initiatives and educational innovation. Students, faculty, staff and librarians from five local colleges and universities will be invited as well as medial specialists and librarians from the Ralph A. Johnson Veterans Affairs Hospital, 3 major hospitals in Charleston County, and Charleston County’s 16 public libraries. The goal of the Fair is to demonstrate projects and technology that promote collaboration across departments and colleges, and projects that find and incorporate digital content in meaningful ways in research, teaching, and learning. Faculty and Staff from across the university and within the Library as well as invited institutions and agencies will be encouraged to demonstrate their projects. As a result of attending the Fair, participants will have the opportunity to: 1. Learn about emerging technologies, key trends and challenges impacting teaching and learning. 2. Explore examples of technology currently being utilized in classrooms, libraries and other areas of MUSC and beyond. 3. Discuss how to effectively incorporate various educational technologies into their own work. 4. Share ideas and new techniques and tools to enhance teaching and learning. 5. Reflect on the potential for educational technology tools to promote critical thinking, learner engagement, and success. 6. Consider assessment strategies for the use of a variety of educational technology tools and instructional methodologies. The Fair will be held throughout the James A. Colbert Education Center/Library and adjoining horseshoe all located within the center of the campus.
May 1, 2013-April 30, 2014

University of Central Florida, College of Medicine
The goal of this project is to make physical objects from the University of Central Florida College of Medicine’s (UCF COM) History of Medicine collection accessible to patrons of the Harriet F. Ginsburg Health Sciences Library, and to the community.
May 1, 2015 - April 30, 2016

University of Florida
The collection to be digitized is a selection of mixed media materials from colleges in the Health Science Center, including the colleges of Pharmacy, Medicine, and Nursing. Many of these materials relate to the history of the College of Pharmacy (founded in 1928), the founding of the other colleges in the 1950s and 1960s, construction of the original facilities,
October 3, 2011 - April 30, 2012

University of Maryland, Baltimore
To preserve Cordell Medical History collection in digital format. To provide open access to this collection on the Internet via the UM Digital Archive (the Archive).
May 1, 2013 - April 30, 2014

University of Mississippi Medical Center
May 1, 2014-April 30, 2015

University of Mississippi
Providing access to historical documents housed in the Archives by digitizing, describing and organizing these materials into a retrievable format. The Library will then be able to fill requests in a more efficient manner and provide access to researchers and the public in general, to unique documents reflecting UMMC's history. Two smaller collections are digitized and once descriptions are prepared, will be entered into ContentDM: The Dr. L. William Clem collection, known for biomedical research using catfish. Catfish farming has been a major industry in Mississippi and Dr. Clem's research is of particular interest in the state. The UMMC Obituary collection spanning many years, for deceased UMMC key figures. As the institution is only 57 years old, it is still possible to produce a reasonably exhaustive collection currently and thus maintain for the future. Making materials available to a wider audience via the Library's web page. Establishing policies for use and access, including restrictions. Describing and entering descriptive data into the ContentDM database for digitized items.
September 14, 2011-April 30, 2012

University of South Carolina
To create a History of The School of Medicine website which will be populated with selected digitized material from digitized material from the SOM archival collection.
May 15, 2014-April 30, 2015

University of South Carolina
The Charles S. Bryan History of Medicine Room at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine Library houses a 500+ volume collection of materials of great importance to medical, historical, and sociological research. The collection gives an indication of the kinds and numbers of medical books in the hands of physicians in South Carolina and reflects the education and training of doctors during the 18th and 19th centuries. Our initial project, funded by a NN/LM SE/A grant, of digitizing five titles from our rare book collection and development of a History of Medicine webpage was very successful. The learning and training from the first stage project prepared us to establish a scanning operation in the School of Medicine Library so that we could continue to make local collections available digitally. Our second project was the purchase and installation of scanning equipment and training staff and volunteers to digitize selected items from a small collection of approximately 50 items of medical ephemera, including pharmaceutical pamphlets, catalogs and various other medical papers from the late nineteenth century. 20 items were completed after the equipment was installed. Our planned project for our third digitization grant will be digitizing 18 additional items of pharmaceutical / medical ephemera. These items illustrate one of the early continuing education resources local physicians had to build their knowledge of new treatment options.
September 14, 2011-April 30, 2012

University of Virginia
Digitize rare materials in the Claude Moore Health Sciences Library.
May 1, 2012-April 30, 2013