Lawton Digital Archive Planning

Principal Investigator: Rachel R. Resnick
Period: May 2004 - May 2005
Funded by: PA Dept. of Education, Office of Commonwealth Libraries

Abstract: The purpose of this project was to create a plan to digitize, catalog, store, publicize and display unpublished documents of M. Powell Lawton, Ph.D. (1923-2001). Dr. Lawton was a senior research scientist and Director Emeritus of the Polisher Research Institute of Philadelphia Geriatric Center (PGC), now the Madlyn and Leonard Abramson Center for Jewish Life. The goals of this project were to learn how Dr. Lawton's documents will be used and how to best make these documents available to researchers. Professionals familiar with Dr. Lawton’s work were surveyed to determine the types and subjects of documents that would be useful to them in their research. The library staff investigated the state-of-the-art procedures for scanning documents, supplying metadata and presenting digitized information on the Internet. The resulting plan will be used to request funding for resources to perform the digitization tasks and market the resulting digital archive. This project was partially funded with federal Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) funds administered by the Pennsylvania Office of Commonwealth Libraries.