Digitization & scanning

What is the digitization & scanning service?

The digitization and scanning service converts and updates older formats of course content. The converted files are then uploaded to Canvas, so instructors can continue to use them in support of teaching and learning. Instructors can also make special requests for updated files to be converted outside of Canvas and shared with them through other means.

We are able to work with the following types of media:

  • 35mm slides
  • 5.25" floppy disks
  • 3.5" floppy disks
  • Zip disks
  • Paper notebooks
  • Cassette tapes
  • LPs
  • Micro-cassettes
  • Mini DV tapes
  • Hi8 or Digital8 tapes
  • VHS tapes
  • DVDs

For digitization and scanning that is not related to a Cornell course or for media that the Center unable to convert, the Cornell Library's Digital Consulting & Production Services (DCAPS) offers a professional, archive-quality, fee-based solution.

Why use digitization & scanning?

Digitization and scanning ensures access to course content as technology changes. It can also provide additional ways that learners can interact with the content.

Considerations for digitization & scanning

The purpose of the digitization and scanning service is to support Cornell courses. Please allow time for course content to be digitized or scanned. You may also need to provide the new storage format for certain types of content. Instructors will need to review, acknowledge, and accept Cornell guidelines regarding copyright and fair use.

For scanning and digitization of books for a course, Cornell Library has a course reserves staff link that is equipped and specialized to assist with conversions.

Getting started with digitization & scanning

Contact the Center for more information or to get started with digitization and scanning for your course.