Standards, Policies and Procedures for Digital Collections

Williams College Archives and Special Collections adheres to national and international community-based standards and best practices in all its work.

A Digital Collection Development Policy summarizes our digital program effort.

Our overall operations:


Williams College Archives MODS Guidelines

Metadata Object Description Schema (MODS)

Visual Resources Association (VRA) Core

Oxygen XML Editor

Text Wrangler


Federal Agencies Guidelines Initiative(FADGI) Technical Guidelines for Digitizing Cultural Heritage Materials


Epson Expression 10000XL Flatbed Scanners (2)

Nikon D60 with SLR lens (1)

Smith-Victor K82 2-Light 500 Watt Ultra Cool Portable Kit (120V AC) (2)

Magnetic Board (1)


SilverFast Epson IT8 (flatbeds)

Nikon Transfer Utility (digital camera)

Adobe Photoshop

Adobe Bridge

Adobe Lightroom


Digital Asset Management System:

Unbound, Williams Digital Commons is an Islandora system based on Fedora and Solr that uses a number of additional tools to support application messaging, the web interface, and linked open data. Information Technology and Libraries are developing a wiki documenting all aspects of the system.