The Kathrine R. Everett Law Library at the University of North Carolina is in the midst of a digitization project of its collection of North Carolina Supreme Court Briefs. More than 2,400 volumes will be made freely available on the Internet. The library will be making the PDF files available on its website with a custom search index. Original TIFF files will be archived. W.S. Hein & Co. is scanning the volumes for this project. The library will be using BitCurator, a forensic tool created by the School of Information and Library Science at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and the Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities, to locate and remove sensitive personal information such as social security numbers. Because many steps in this process are a first-time experiment, the completion date is unknown. However, the library will begin posting the briefs in searchable form by the end of the 2013-14 school year.
Thanks to Steve Melamut, Information Technology Services Librarian, University of North Carolina Law Library, for this information. We look forward to progress reports on this important preservation experiment!