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. The second webinar in the series will introduce the audience to the process of preparing digitisation projects of different scale.

Speakers will offer participants real life examples. It is free to join and will cover up-to-date practices for digitisation. No registration needed. Recordings will be posted online following the webinar.

Date: 5 May – 14:00 CEST

Join the webinar at this link: https://tinyurl.com/IFLA-PAC-webinar-3

 About the Webinar

Jeanne Drewes will speak about preparations necessary for successful non damaging scanning projects.  Selection of equipment and review of materials to be scanned is important and must be incorporated in order to avoid damaging materials in the scanning process. She will provide ideas on how best to review materials, how to select equipment for scanning and how to prepare materials for scanning to avoid damage.

Agnieszka Helman-Ważny will present a brief overview of the methods and tools for digitisation of Tibetan manuscript collections in remote Himalayan regions, and report on the measures taken to make these collections available to the local and international communities. Issues such as restricted access, a clash between Tibetan and Western ideas of heritage preservation, the importance of metadata of the material objects, and the current condition of these manuscript collections will also be discussed.

Tomasz Gruszkowski will moderate the webinar and ask questions (the audience can put questions in chat).


Jeanne Drewes is a cultural heritage consultant specialising in risk management, and care of collections. As a manager within the preservation Directorate at the Library of Congress in the United States, she worked with various scanning companies to set up review and best practices for non-damaging scanning protocols. She has been active in IFLA and ICOM in the areas of collections care and has published and presented for over thirty years on topics related to collections conservation.

Agnieszka Helman-Ważny (Ph.D. 2007) is a professor at the Department of Books and Media History, University of Warsaw, Poland, as well as a paper specialist at the Bundesanstalt für Materialforschung (BAM) in Berlin and the Centre for the Study of Manuscript Cultures (CSMC), University of Hamburg, Germany. Her publications include monographs and articles on the history of the regional production, usage and preservation of paper and books in Tibet and Central Asia, including The Archaeology of Tibetan Books (Brill, 2014), and The Mustang Archives: Analysis of handwritten documents via the study of papermaking traditions in Nepal (Brepols, 2021, co-authored with Charles Ramble).

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 lectures and speeches on digitisation, standards, cultural heritage, digital preservation at conferences and congresses.

*** No registration needed

Short link: https://tinyurl.com/IFLA-PAC-webinar-3

Long link: https://teams.microsoft.com/l/meetup-join/19%3ameeting_MmU4OWE5MGEtOTFlOS00YWFlLWIwNGItYjljYTNhNmE3NmI5%40thread.v2/0?context=%7b%22Tid%22%3a%226194b4c7-03ce-43e5-ba14-f3ec9432c554%22%2c%22Oid%22%3a%22ca51aae0-45db-4154-87d4-d7e5608c2984%22%7d