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Welcome to the Museum Librarians and Archivists Group (MLAG) formerly the London Museum and Librarians Group (LMLAG)

Wellcome Trust Digitisation Guidelines, following on from the MLAG Digitisation conference 2015 by Deborah Leem

MLAG conference The D-Word: tips and tricks for digitising library and archive collections held in April this year was a huge success. It was a great opportunity for those who have been running projects for a while to share their challenges and successes with the organisations that are just beginning to start similar projects of their own.

There were very useful poster sessions at the conference and one of which was held by the Wellcome Trust Conservation Team who have been an important part of the Digitisation Programme.  During the poster session we shared our guidelines and digitisation survey template which has been developed in-house. We promised to send copies of the guidelines when we finish reviewing them and they are now available. There are many variables affecting our decisions and workflows with each project and we regularly review and edit them.

The nature of every collection and the context in which each organisation runs their digitisation programme are also different and it is necessary to create a new set of guidelines that suits their needs. We hope that other institutions will find our guidelines useful and tailor these to meet their own criteria. If you are interested in our survey template and want to learn more about it, please get in touch with me at

Spine support

Digitisation Preparation Guidelines 2015

Rare books assessment criteria v3

FO photography 2015

Large deeds photography

Model 2 – Library Collection Workflow

Copy of Digitisation Survey 19th C EPB


Report on Digitisation Conference

Attached is a report on our recent conference, The D-Word: tips and tricks for digitising library and archive collections, held at the Wellcome Collection on 24 April 2015.

MLAG Conference Overview

Museum Week comes to twitter again 23-29 March 2015 (Get involved!)

Museum Week 23 – 29 March 2015

It is here again for the 2nd year and this year why not take part and join in the fun?!

Each day there is a different theme, offering us all an opportunity to demonstrate the variety, breadth and relevance of all areas of our collections………and sharing this with twittersville!

From my experience of Museum Week 2014 the amount of interactions with people and other institutions as a result of our tweets was huge! In particular new interactions with those who had not not come across us before. We had some fascinating conversations with people about our collections and why they found them interesting and exciting. We also learnt an incredible amount about the collections of other organisations and discovered common ground.

We all know the potential our collections have in the broad interest that they can have, well this week really enables us to show that.

Here is a list of the tags for each day, click on each to find out more:

Monday – #secretsMW
Tuesday – #souvenirsMW
Wednesday – #architectureMW
Thursday – #inspirationMW
Friday – #FamilyMW
Saturday – #FavMW
Sunday – #PoseMW

What to do next??

  1. Read more via Mar Dixon’s blog and
  2. Pass the information to your team and start thinking of clever ways your collections could be used for the different days. Don’t always think straight down the line, be creative and have fun! You may only have a few people tweeting on behalf of your organisation, but you have a bigger pool of staff with a head full of brilliant ideas!!
  3. Schedule your tweets now and save time!
  4. Don’t have access to your own library/archive twitter account? Get chatting now to the staff who mange your museum/organisation twitter account. Is your organisation already registered as taking part? As i write this so far 799 museums have signed up!!

Limited resources? How much time and effort is needed?

  1. Each MLAG member has their own unique collections, play to your strengths. Look at the themes and choose the one that you know you can offer material for.
  2. For bigger organisations with numerous twitter accounts, share your efforts out and spread out the work! After all variety is the spice of life!!
  3. Sites such as Tweetdeck and Hootsuite allow you to schedule tweets ahead of time, including those with an image.

@MLAGuk will retweet as much as possible through the week. But if you have anything in particular you wish to promote message us or email me and I will do my best.

If you have a personal twitter account, join in and help us by retweeting and liking tweets by Museum accounts particularly promoting library and archive collections, staff and users.

The D-Word: tips and tricks for digitising library and archive collections

MLAG Conference 2015 #mlag15

Friday 24th April Wellcome Collection Conference Centre, 183 Euston Road, London NW1 2BE

Providing online access to library and archive collections has never been more important for promoting and increasing awareness to our hidden treasures.  At this conference we want to explore:

  • how museums and art galleries can start the digitisation process and demystify the often complex world of digitisation, no matter what your budget
  • case studies from museums and art galleries who have begun digitising their collections, and highlight particular areas of interest or successes in these projects.

The conference will include presentations, poster sessions and a panel discussion as well as tours of the Internet Archive digitisation suite (numbers for the tours are strictly limited and must be booked in advance).

Tickets are priced at £15 and all are welcome, please see the link below for the full programme and ticketing information:


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