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DigiKits FAQ

What is a DigiKit?

The Digitization Loaner Kits, or “DigiKits” were created in an effort to provide libraries with a means to access scanning technology without needing to purchase costly equipment. Inspired by the GPLS Tech Loaner Kits, the DigiKits can be used for both staff and patron training and programming.

The DigiKits are maintained by HomePLACE, a project of the Georgia Public Library Service whose goal is to increase public library content in the Digital Library of Georgia.

What type of equipment is in the Kit?

DigiKits contain various scanning and digitization technologies ranging from traditional flatbed scanners to microfilm scanners and, eventually, digital recording devices for oral history project. Each device comes with a charger, and each kit is housed in a ruggedized case.

The contents of the kits will evolve over time – as different tech becomes antiquated, we will replace it with more modern scanning technology in which patrons and staff would be interested.

How do I reserve a DigiKit?

  1. Please review the Loaner Kit Use Policy.
  2. Check the reservation calendar for availability.
  3. Complete the DigiKit Reservation Form to reserve the kit.
  4. HomePLACE staff will contact you with a confirmation.

How long can I keep it?

The standard DigiKit loan period is three months, but the return date may be negotiated if circumstances demand a longer loan period.

How often can I reserve it?

There are two (2) of each type of DigiKit in circulation. A Kit can be reserved as many times as is available.

What do we do when the DigiKit arrives?

When the Kit arrives at your library please email astanley@georgialibraries.org to confirm receipt.

How do we secure the DigiKit?

Each DigiKit comes with a lock. When not in use, keep the DigiKit locked. Only the receiver of the DigiKit will be given the combination to the locks. Please do not share the combination with other staff members.

Now that we have a DigiKit, what can we do with it?

You can use the DigiKits for staff training, patron classes, programming, boot camps, makerspaces, digitization projects – anything you like.

Here are some ideas to get you started:

How do I know what everything is and how it works?

Each device is documented on our website with a description, a user manual and the current market price. The name and price is also on the physical device. Information on each device is bookmarked to a desktop shortcut accessible on the laptop.

If you plan to use the DigitKit for a digitization project, please refer to the HomePLACE DigiKit User Guide.

Can the DigiKit be taken to do outreach in the community?

Yes, planned programming for outreach is encouraged! Libraries planning to use the kits for community outreach may wish to reserve our Epson V37 Portable Community Scan Day DigiKit.

Once we are done with it, what do we do?

DigiKits are part of the PINES courier route. When date of retrieval has arrived a PINES courier will pick up the kits and deliver it back to GPLS for review. And please remember to complete the survey to let us know about your experience.

What happens if something breaks or parts are lost/stolen?

If something should occur to any device in the DigiKit, please send an email regarding the device(s) to astanley@georgialibraries.org.

We took pictures of our event. Where can we upload them to share with GPLS?

We love to hear about great events! Please send all pictures and accolades to astanley@georgialibraries.org.

Now that we have a DigiKit, what can we do with it?

You can use the DigiKits for staff training, patron classes, programming, boot camps, makerspaces, digitization projects anything you like.

Here are some ideas to get you started:

Can the DigiKit be taken to do outreach in the community?

Yes, planned programming for outreach is encouraged! Libraries planning to use the kits for community outreach may wish to reserve our Epson V37 Portable Community Scan Day DigiKit. Read about one library's Community Scanning Event preparation.

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HomePLACE DigiKtis are supported with Federal LSTA funds administered by the Institute of Museum and Library Services through the Georgia Public Library Service, a unit of the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia.