A free webinar on July 28th, 2PM (CEST) at https://tinyurl.com/IFLA-PAC-webinar-5 

IFLA’s PAC Centre for digital preservation hosted at the National Library of Poland is holding a series of 10 webinars to walk beginners through the route to basic understanding of digitisation projects. During the fifth webinar in the series, speakers will talk about taking pictures in the field, or rather about analogue to digital conversion of objects in difficult conditions.

Date: July 28th, 2PM (CEST)
Join: https://tinyurl.com/IFLA-PAC-webinar-5 

Tomasz Gruszkowski (National Library of Poland) and Sam van Schaik (British Library, EAP) will will provide both some theory (very practice oriented) and real-life examples. There will be a possibility of sending your questions to the speakers in chat.

No registration needed. Recordings of webinars are posted online (at https://tinyurl.com/IFLA-PAC-Digital).

Questions or requests for future webinars? Please contact the Director of the PAC Centre hosted at the National Library of Poland, Tomasz Gruszkowski: [email protected]


Tomasz Gruszkowski will show some of the usual targets meant to provide ability to measure quality of digitisation and then discard them as they come at exorbitant price, and they are difficult to obtain. Some of the issues arising in the field can be solved with low price and readily available replacement items. He will share a few ideas for that purpose and will ask you to think out of the box to obtain the best possible results in the field.

Sam van Schaik will briefly look at how Endangered Archives Programme (EAP) projects cope with a range of difficult conditions when carrying out this work, and how we try to help advise projects, and ensure consistency in the images and data they create.

He will also present activities of EAP meant to preserve cultural heritage and make it available to as wide an audience as possible. EAP provides grants to applicants to digitise and document archives all over the world, excluding Western Europe and North America.

‘Endangered’ means material that is at risk of loss or decay and is located in countries where resources and opportunities to preserve such material are lacking or limited. ‘Archives’ refers to materials in written, pictorial or audio formats, including manuscripts, rare printed books, documents, newspapers, periodicals, photographs and sound recordings.

About the Speakers

Tomasz Gruszkowski has been with the Digital Collections Department of the National Library of Poland since March 2016, introducing and maintaining digitisation standards at the digital lab, overseeing the public tender for purchase of digitisation equipment. Director of IFLA Preservation and Conservation Centre for digital preservation at the National Library. He has delivered workshops, lectures and speeches on digitisation, standards, cultural heritage, digital preservation at conferences and congresses.

Sam van Schaik is Head of the Endangered Archives Programme at the British Library. Before this he worked for the International Dunhuang Project (IDP), also at the British Library. He received his PhD from the University of Manchester in 2000, and his research is focused on the history of Tibet, tantric Buddhism in Tibet and Central Asia, and the manuscripts from Dunhuang and other Central Asian sites. His publications include the books Tibet: A History, Tibetan Zen, and Buddhist Magic.

Short URL: https://tinyurl.com/IFLA-PAC-webinar-5