The John Rylands University Library (JRUL) has 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, irrespective of the impact on the condition of the item. 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.
We have significant experience in this area. In addition to the content produced by our standard Imaging Service we have recently undertaken several major digitisation projects. For further information please follow the links below.