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Scott Pennington

E-Research Projects Coordinator

Scott Pennington has consulted widely for governmental and non-governmental organizations on digitizing endangered and/or rare cultural resources for preservation and wider access. His work focuses on exposing large data sets as well as migrating obsolete analog material, digital files, and born digital media to current technologies.

Pennington works with stakeholders to create usable digitization workflows with approachable information retrieval. Recent collaborations include consultations and/or partnerships with the Archives of Michigan; the Michigan State University Archives, the Sakaly and Cissé Photography Archives in Bamako, Mali; the Université Cheikh Anta Diop in Dakar, Senegal; the Bhandarkar Oriental Research Institute in Pune, India; King Abdul Aziz Foundation for Research and Archives in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia; the National Records Service for The Gambia; the ANC Archives in Johannesburg, South Africa; and, at Doshisha University in Kyoto, Japan.

As Co-PI, he's recently been awarded two British Library Endangered Archive Project grants for digitizing cultural heritage resources. The first, EAP449, began November of 2011 and results will be forthcoming and online before November 2013. The second is still awaiting an EAP reference and will take place in southwestern Mexico beginning July 2013.


M.A.T. The Citadel; Charleston, South Carolina. English Education, 1997

B.A. The Citadel; Charleston, South Carolina. English, 1992

Recent activities and select presentations

  • Co-Applicant on successful (May 2012) British Library Endangered Archive Program $90,000 grant for “From Indigenous Subjects to Indigenous Citizens: digitizing state-society relations in the State Archive of Oaxaca.” Oaxaca, Mexico.
  • Producer, January 2008 – March 2012, Africa Past and Present Podcast:
  • Pennington, S. (2012). Video equipment: guide to selecting and use. In D. Boyd, S. Cohen, B. Rakerd, & D. Rehberger (Eds.), Oral history in the digital age. Institute of Library and Museum Services. Retrieved from
  • Pennington, S., and Rehberger D. (2012). The preservation of analog video through digitization. In D. Boyd, S. Cohen, B. Rakerd, & D. Rehberger (Eds.), Oral history in the digital age. Institute of Library and Museum Services. Retrieved from
  • American Black Journal: Preserving a video legacy. Partnering with Detroit Public Television, Pennington led the team at Michigan State University that processed, digitized, and preserved nearly 40 years of the weekly television show “American Black Journal.”
  • While Co-PI on British Library Endangered Archives Program grant #449, conducted three-week workshop in Bamako, Mali for photograph preservation, cataloging, and digitization.
  • Conducted British Library sponsored five-day training workshop and nearly one week post-workshop at the National Records Service ( in Banjul, The Gambia.  Coordinated with local archive staff to assess, preserve, and digitize vital 19th century government records.
  • Citizens Video and Education Trust (CVET): Based in Cape Town, South Africa, CVET shot community action programs, surreptitiously and sometimes openly videoed anti-apartheid activities, and videoed governmental brutalities under the apartheid government. Pennington helped negotiate a move to house the collection at the Library of the Western Cape in Cape Town, South Africa, conducted training at CVET, established a digitization workflow, and helped CVET bring their archive online:
  • Overcoming Apartheid, Building Democracy: An ongoing project to build an educational website providing primary source materials, newly written narrative, and curriculum ideas for teaching about the many generations who struggled to end apartheid and build democracy in South Africa. Pennington led the team responsible for interviews, digitizing content, and cataloging media.
  • Consultant, Bhandarkar Oriental Research Institute (BORI) in Pune, India. Conducted workshop on digitization and collaborated with stakeholders for future funding possibilities.
  • Invited speaker and consultant, The King Abdulaziz Foundation for Research and Archive in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Conducted a workshop at the Foundation on digitization with an emphasis on audio and video digitization.
  • Consultant, The African National Congress (ANC) Archives in Johannesburg, South Africa: established digitization workflow and archival storage procedures for preserving and migrating endangered and obsolete video formats for the ANC video archives. The ANC continues to digitize their holdings, but present political considerations prevent online access.
  • South African Film and Video Project: partnering with institutions in South Africa — including African National Congress archives in Johannesburg, Western Cape Provincial Library in Cape Town, and the Community Video and Educational Trust (CVET) in Cape Town — creating long-term digital archive of endangered anti-apartheid movement video footage. Partners on the project now include ANC Archives, South African National Archives, Western Cape Provincial Library, and CVET. Cape Town, Durban, and Johannesburg South Africa.
  • “Archival Practices in Developing Digital Holdings” at University of Ghana at Legon, Accra, Ghana.
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