Oregon State UniversitySpecial Collections & Archives Research Center

Digital Production Unit

The Digital Production Unit

The Digital Production Unit (DPU) combines professional-grade production equipment with current industry standards and best practices to provide support for collection-level digitization projects, systemic digitization, as well as internal requests for small sets of items. The content we create is used in an ever-widening range of digital collections, research, teaching and learning.

The DPU primarily creates new digital content along two paths: digital collections and digitization as preservation. Much of the production work goes into Oregon Digital or ScholarsArchive@OSU. A core operation of the DPU is creating high-quality copies of deteriorating original content that is in danger of being lost. Examples include videotape materials and glass plate negatives. DPU works closely with curators, archivists, conservators and other staff responsible for the care and management of special collections and archival materials as they undertake digital reformatting projects. DPU uses digital formats that are easily accessible and enable ongoing long-term management of the content for future users.

The DPU consists of digitization and digital preservation operations manager Brian E. Davis, metadata technician Kevin Jones, and student technicians Nora Quick and Shelby Bremigan.

Featured Projects

A School for the People: A Photographic History of Oregon State University

A School for the People: A Photographic History of Oregon State University

Written by the former Director of the Special Collections and Archives Research Center, Lawrence A. Landis, this pictorial history of Oregon State University's first 150 years covers a variety of topics including campus development, university research, student organizations, and athletics. The DPU digitized over 400 photographs, negatives, and large-format maps from the Special Collections and Archives Research Center for this project.

Reuniting Finley and Bohlman

Reuniting Finley and Bohlman

This grant-funded project was a partnership between Oregon State University Libraries and the Oregon Historical Society. The DPU digitized over 8,000 pages of manuscript materials for this Oregon Digital project. The DPU was also involved with the glass plate negative digitization as Brian travelled up to OHS to setup the scanning equipment and provide training for Oregon Historical Society staff. Reuniting Finley and Bohlman received the 2017 LSTA Project of the Year Award for the state of Oregon.


Oregon State University Yearbooks

Oregon State University Yearbooks

This project came to the Digital Production Unit as they were transitioning from away general digitization towards archives-specific digitization. Using a combination of sheet-fed and flatbed scanning equipment, the DPU digitized the yearbooks and produced 111 text-searchable PDFs. This digital collection is Oregon State University Libraries' most popular in Oregon Digital.

Ellie's Strand: Exploring the Edge of the Pacific

Ellie's Strand: Exploring the Edge of the Pacific

The Digital Production Unit has partnered with OSU Press on a number of projects over the years. The most recent is Ellie's Strand, the third in the Ellie and Ricky series of books. The DPU digitized all the artwork for each of the three books.


University History - Online Audio/Video

University History - Online Audio/Video

In-house videotape digitization has been a welcome addition to the Digital Production Unit. Using a variety of analog video decks and signal correction devices, Brian has worked to preserve over 500 videotapes from SCARC's audiovisual collections.