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About the Toolkit

The Digital Project Toolkit (DPTK) is a collection of resources to support digitization projects. These resources are specifically geared towards archives and special collections repositories.

Such projects rely on a wide range of participants, from librarians to students. With that in mind, the DPTK is designed to be accessible to all potential project participants.

The DPTK includes resources to help with the following:

  • Project planning
  • Risk assessment
  • Implementation planning
  • Web development planning
  • Quality control workflow and guidelines for metadata and scanning
  • Communication and documentation of technical specifications
  • Assessment and evaluation

The DPTK is made available to serve as a reference for other institutions. It is a work in progress and will be updated as necessary.


The UCLA Library Special Collections Digital Project Toolkit was developed in iterations throughout several digital projects in the Center for Primary Research and Training from 2013-2015. Several members of LSC staff and UCLA Library staff contributed to producing and refining this documentation. Special thanks to Digital Project Manager Jasmine Jones, Digital Archivist Gloria Gonzalez, University Archivist Heather Briston and CFPRT scholars Kylie Harris and Amrey Mathurin for their considerable contribution to this effort. This Toolkit would not have been possible without their expertise, skill and enthusiasm.

Jillian Cuellar | Former Head, Center for Primary Research & Training and Digital Initiatives for Library Special Collections

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