Digital Scriptorium News and Survey

Digital Scriptorium (DS) is a growing consortium of American libraries and museums committed to free online access to their collections of pre-modern manuscripts. Our website unites scattered resources from many institutions into a national digital platform for teaching and scholarly research. It serves to connect an international user community to multiple repositories by means of a digital union catalog with sample images and searchable metadata.

DS has valiantly served manuscript researchers around the world since it was launched in 1997. However, as online technology has changed dramatically since then and digitization has become the norm rather than the exception, DS’s Executive Board is undertaking a strategic planning initiative to address the future of DS and what needs to be done to ensure its critical contribution to manuscript studies on a national and global level.

As part of this process, we would like to get your input on the current DS platform and your suggestions for ways that DS might improve in any aspect. To this end, we invite you to complete a short survey (5-10 mins) to help us determine how DS is used, what works and what doesn’t, and who uses it and why. The survey can be accessed through this link: Digital Scriptorium User Survey or by going to the DS website go to: Digital Scriptorium.

Thanks in advance for your help!

The DS Executive Board:

Debra Taylor Cashion (St. Louis University), Executive Director & President
Janine Pollock (Free Library of Philadelphia), Vice President
Lynn Ransom (University of Pennsylvania Libraries), Secretary
E.C. Schroeder (Beinecke Library, Yale University), Treasurer
Lynne Grigsby (UC-Berkeley), Technology Host
Consuelo Dutschke (Columbia University), Director at Large
Vanessa Wilkie (The Huntington Library), Director at Large
Cherry Williams (UC-Riverside), Director at Large

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