SCETI

Since 1996 the Schoenberg Center for Electronic Texts an Images (SCETI) has been enhancing the research and scholarly use of rare books, manuscripts, and other primary source materials by making them easily accessible to the worldwide community.

Academic in the process of digitizing a book.

About

We create archive-quality digital facsimiles and share them online in Colenda and OPenn. Startup costs were met through a generous gift from Penn Libraries Overseer Lawrence J. Schoenberg.

Digitization Standards

Two SCETI offices.

Digitization Preferences

The goal of most digitization projects at the Penn Libraries is to represent the original physical item accurately. In order to achieve accurate representations with consistency, SCETI has developed a set of preferences to guide their work.

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Academic using camera and lighting setup for digitization.

Image Formats and Standards

All images produced by SCETI meet standards developed by the Federal Agencies Digital Guidelines Initiative (FADGI). We digitize books and manuscripts at a resolution of 400 or 600 PPI, and TIFF serves as our master file format. Other resolution, format, and image specifications can be accommodated.

Academic using a scanner for digitization.

Digitization Equipment

SCETI uses Phase One digital sensors and Schneider-Kreuznach lenses mounted on several single-camera copystands (RG3040s and DT Elements) and a dual-camera system (BC100) by Digital Transitions. Our capture and processing software is the Cultural Heritage edition of Capture One Pro. Additional equipment includes Linhof Book Copying Easels for material support and Image Science Associates Golden Thread targets for size and color accuracy.

How to Work with Us

For small digitization request consisting of no more than five library items and producing no more than 500 images, email the following library staff directly:

  • For small digitization requests from the Penn Libraries’ special collections, please contact the Assistant Director of Operations for the Kislak Center, Eric Dillalogue, at kislak@pobox.upenn.edu.
  • For small digitization requests from the Penn Libraries’ general collections, please contact the Head of SCETI, Mick Overgard, at overgard@pobox.upenn.edu.

For larger digitization requests: