To broaden partner participation in the Digital Library of Georgia (DLG), DLG is soliciting proposals for historic digitization projects costing up to $7500 in DLG services from non-profit Georgia cultural heritage institutions. Applicant organizations must be open to the public, and their collections must be available for public research either by appointment or through regular hours. Project metadata will be included in the DLG portal and the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA). Projects may include the reformatting of textual materials (not including newspapers), graphic materials, or audio-visual materials. Applicants should have materials prepared for a project start date of January 1, 2021.

Selection of materials or collections to digitize will be made in accordance with the DLG’s Collection Development Policy and will depend on the availability of resources and funding. Applications will be reviewed based on the following criteria:

  • Clarity of proposal–Project scope and responsibilities should be well-defined.
  • Diversity–Materials that represent the cultural, political, social, geographic, and/or economic diversity of the state of Georgia will be given priority.
  • Reusability–Materials should be free of legal restrictions or have permissions granted by the copyright holder. Preference is given to materials that are freely available or available for free reuse for either educational or non-commercial uses.
  • Historic value–Materials should have high research, artifactual, or evidential value and/or be of particular interest to multiple audiences.
  • Added value through digitization–Materials for which access will be substantially improved by digitization or which have a high potential for added value in the digital environment through linkages to existing digitized content will be given priority.
  • Capacity building–Preference will be given to organizations who have not yet collaborated with the DLG and/or those with limited digitization resources or experience.

A committee consisting of DLG, Georgia HomePLACE, Georgia Humanities Council, and Georgia Council for the Arts staff and representatives of GHRAC and the DLG partner community will determine awards. Awards committee members will recuse themselves from review of a proposal should a conflict of interest exist.

For textual and graphic materials, digitization and descriptive services will be performed by DLG staff. In the case of audio-visual collections, digitization will be outsourced to a vendor. Partners are responsible for transporting materials to and from the DLG or for costs associated with shipping to and from vendors.

Nominated materials must have clear rights statements and documentation. Any metadata created will be shared under a Creative Commons License Public Domain License (CC0), through the DLG’s portal and the DPLA.

To apply, submit a 2 MB or smaller zip file that contains all of the following to our proposal submission form (you will need a gmail account) by October 1, 2020:

  • Application form;
  • One letter of reference from a previous user of the materials describing their historic value and potential for reuse by multiple audiences;
  • Five samples of selected content;
  • A budget that includes conversion costs, metadata services, and hosting fees based on the DLG Digital Services Cost Recovery for Proposal Development and using the application budget form; and
  • If requesting DLG hosting, proof of rights status for materials (e.g., letter of permissions from copyright holder, donor’s agreement, orphan works status assessment, release form, etc.).

Important dates

Sample applications, reviewer materials, and information about past recipients and their projects are all available at https://sites.google.com/view/dlg-docs/dlg-documentation/dlg-subgranting-program.


New Features Debut on Georgia Portal

As part of DLG’s continuous site improvements, a number of new features are now available:

  1. Full-text searching for selected items;
  2. Improved image delivery for DLG-hosted materials;
  3. Enhanced collection pages; and
  4. New holding institution pages.

Full-text searching

Users can now choose to search through descriptive records, available full-text, or both. In search results, materials with full-text are marked with a full text label.

Collections that currently have full text available for searching include:

We’ll be adding new full-text content on a regular basis so check back.

Below is a sample of what you can expect to see when viewing a record with full text. Click on the tab to switch views from the metadata record to the text. You can also save the full text by clicking on “Download Text” in the Tools box on the right of the screen.

Improved image delivery

Our new image viewer allows users to zoom, focus in on and clip sections, move through multi-page documents, and open the image in a separate window. Only selected DLG-hosted images will be available in the viewer.

Enhanced collection pages

These new pages will display collection metadata and additional resources (when available) including suggested readings, related links, and essays.

Holding institution pages

During usability testing prior to the launch of the new portal, our partners requested holding institution pages that would provide users with fuller information about partner institutions and their collections as well as a physical location and public contact information.