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Digital Collections: Digitization in a Box Project

The South Carolina State Library provides access to historical government and cultural items from its collection.


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Digitization in a Box

The Digitization in a Box Project allows public libraries and cultural heritage entities in South Carolina to borrow scanning equipment, a laptop, and software from the State Library to start a new digitization project.  Staff from institutions who participate in this program will be provided hands-on training from State Library staff on best practices of scanning, workflows, metadata, and promotion. The purpose of this new program is to encourage libraries, archives, and museums to make available digital collections to support the educational, recreational, and informational needs of citizens. Collections will be hosted at the South Carolina Digital Library and searchable at the Digital Public Library of America.

Libraries, museums, and archives often have photographs, local histories, maps, family papers and/or genealogical documents that could reach a wider audience if digitized and made available online.  The Digitization in a Box Project allows institutions with limited resources an opportunity to highlight their unique collections.  Equipment will be loaned for 2 months with on-site training and set-up; this program is available to South Carolina public libraries, colleges and universities, archives, historical societies, and museums.

Project Proposal

Acceptable projects will follow the collection policy of the South Carolina Digital Library and generally include materials in the public domain or with permission to digitize. The content of materials should be part of your institution, of interest to South Carolinians, and support the educational, recreational, and informational needs of the people of the state.  

If your library or institution is interested in participating in the Digitization in a Box Project, please complete the online project proposal form. The project proposal should include descriptions of the following elements:

  • Materials: (description of materials, including type of material, content, number of items)
  • Significance: (what is the significance of these materials to your library, community, state)
  • Staff and Workflow: (description of who will be involved in the project  including scanning and metadata, partnerships, timeline of project, and promotion opportunities)

Digitization in a Box Project Proposal Form

Project Forms

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