The Rutgers University Libraries are committed to expanding the digitization of their unique and compelling resources. We are also interested in strategic collaboration with faculty and the community to provide outstanding information resources for the state of New Jersey and beyond.
Along with serving as a means of preservation, digitization gives researchers access to collections by making them available on the Internet. This further enables the use of collections for research, study, and instruction. Rutgers aims to advance global digital scholarship and information sharing through its digital initiatives.
Digitized materials are preserved in and displayed through the Rutgers Community Repository (RUcore), which makes the intellectual property of Rutgers University faculty and the output of Rutgers University departments, centers, and institutes permanently freely available for scholars and researchers around the globe.
Digital projects in RUcore include:
- The China Boom Project
- Jazz Oral History Project
- The Krueger-Scott Oral History Collection
- The New Jersey Historical Maps Portal
All potential digitization projects at Rutgers University Libraries are required to undergo a proposal and evaluation process.
The Rutgers University Library collections are digitized in accordance with imaging and metadata standards. Rutgers University Libraries follow standard legal practices in utilizing new technologies to enhance access to library collections digitally. We provide assistance to project managers and strategic collaborators to clarify the legal framework of digitization and to discuss approaches to the preservation and access of individual projects, the application of copyright law, and other legal considerations. Information is available on the Rutgers University Libraries website on copyright and licensing and through consultations with the copyright and licensing librarian.
We provide the following support for reviewing and approving digitization projects:
- Evaluation of materials for their impact on users, uniqueness, and contribution to the university
- Legal assessment to determine status of rights and permissions
- Review of projects for viability with respect to available material resources
- Evaluation of project materials for physical condition and for adequate description
- Assessment of value and potential audiences for a digitization project
We look forward to collaborating with you in supporting global digital scholarship and information sharing. We are here to answer your questions and to help you formulate a proposal:
For general digitization questions
For questions about Special Collections and University Archives materials (Caryn Radick, Digital Archivist, Special Collections and University Archives, firstname.lastname@example.org)
For questions from Rutgers University-Newark (Krista White, Digital Humanities Librarian, John Cotton Dana Library, email@example.com)
For questions on the RUcore digital repository
Last updated: April 26, 2017