The John Rylands Library (JRL) part of the University of Manchester, holds world-renowned research collections, which include significant numbers of early printed books, archives and manuscripts in a wide range of formats.
Photographing these collections requires sensitive handling and skilful capture techniques. The JRUL is working towards best practice in object-centred digitisation. We put the care and preservation of the object at the heart of the digitisation process, rather than extracting the content by the quickest means. Through a series of pre- and post-digitisation steps, we believe we can achieve high quality images and preserve our collections into perpetuity. This approach has been developed in collaboration between our Imaging and Collection Care Departments.
For a more detailed look at some of the work under taken, take a look at the CHICC Case Studies
CHICC was initially a project funded by JISC (Joint Information Systems Committee) under the JISC Capital Content Initiative.