Harold B. Lee Library. Digital Imaging Dept.

The Digital Imaging Dept. was officially created in 1997. It was renamed Digital Initiatives in 2007 with the reorganization of Library Information Systems. Scott Eldredge was the manager for its existence.

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Established: 1997

Abolished: 2007

Location: Provo, Utah (1997-2007)


The Digital Imaging Dept. began with relatively few concentrations or projects; the department, in general, was tasked with simply scanning items in the library's holdings and uploading them onto servers (which would eventually become the Digital Library). Eventually departmental responsibilities crystallized into providing digital content management for university and library personnel, scanning and uploading large collections at the request of either subject librarians, patrons, university officials, or departments. The department included the Digital Imaging Lab., electronic publications, and copyright clearance.

Assets and Administrative Structure

The chair of the Digital Imaging Dept. reported to the Deputy University Librarian from 1997-2004. From 2004-2007 it reported to the head of Library Information Systems.

Associated Units

Superior unit: Harold B. Lee Library (1997-2004)

Superior unit: Harold B. Lee Library. Library Information Systems Dept. (2004-2007)

Subordinate unit: Harold B. Lee Library. Digital Imaging Lab (1997-2007)

Later unit: Harold B. Lee Library. Digital Initiatives (2007)


UA 1015 “Harold B. Lee Library Annual Report Sept. 1, 1996 - Aug. 31, 1997” Box 2, Fol. 9, p. 4 (Digital Imaging Department officially organized in 1997; Scott Eldredge was chair; dept. included Digital Imaging, Electronic Publications, and Copyright Clearance)

UA 1015 “Harold B. Lee Library Annual Report January 1, 2007 - December 31, 2007”, Box 3, Fol. 3, p.2 (“In September 2007, the Library Information Systems Department became the Library Information Technology Division. The division includes three departments: 1) digital initiatives, 2) web programming/design, and 3) library information systems")

Phone call to Bill Lund, Oct. 10, 2012: (Digital Imaging Dept. 1997-2004, reported to deputy University Library; 2004-2007 reported to head of LIS)

Phone call to Scott Eldredge, Oct. 5, 2012: (in beginning, simply tasked with scanning misc. items; evolution of function; formal relationships with university and library administration; Digital Library interaction)

Maintenance Information

Record ID: EAC-2012-00066

Creator: ARC