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
  • Handbrake