RADD would not exist if not for a great deal of generosity and effort from many people at SLIS as well as in the larger UW-Madison community.

Equipment donors

The following people, as well as the School of Library and Information Studies, have generously contributed equipment to RADD:

  • Rick Burnson
  • Tim Czerwonka
  • Patrick Davis
  • Ann Engler
  • Catherine Pellegrino
  • Dorothea Salo
  • Cindy Severt
  • Amy Sloper
  • Ethelene Whitmire

Planners and builders

The following people, then students in LIS 644 “Digital Tools, Trends and Debates,” built, tested, and documented the book scanner that is part of RADD:

  • Jennifer McBurney (project manager)
  • Molly Dineen
  • Ryan Hellebrand
  • Trevor Kuehl
  • Sean Ottosen
  • Holly Storck-Post

The following people, then students in LIS 668 “Digital Curation,” did the original scope and budget planning for RADD:

  • Kat Arndt
  • Matt Grebe
  • Brian Miller
  • Scott Prater
  • Jordan Radke

The following people have given time and expertise to building RADD and making it work:

  • Will May
  • Greg Putnam
  • Dorothea Salo

Documentation and outreach

The following people have given time to documenting and publicizing RADD:

  • Anjali Bhasin
  • Ellen LeClere
  • Dorothea Salo
  • Kelsey Sorenson

Last but hardly least, RADD would not exist if not for Anjali Bhasin of the SLIS Laboratory Library, who cleared space and found furniture for it.

Washington County Historical Society

RADD’s first major project serves the Washington County Historical Society in West Bend, Wisconsin.

The prize of the collection, in my opinion, is this recording of the West Bend High School Concert Band:

West Bend High School Concert Band record cover

Much of the rest comes from the West Bend Corporation, longtime manufacturer of household gadgetry. The sales records (there are two) should be great to listen to, judging from the cover of this one:

"Selling is What You Make It" record cover

Also included, several VHS videocassettes (sample below) and one U-Matic:

West Bend VHS

And a substantial number of audiocassettes:

West Bend audiocassettes

“The work that 21st-century librarians do”

We were thrilled to have RADD chronicled as part of Isthmus‘s “Garbage Issue.” A lot of RADD’s parts and pieces are indeed donations or reclamations of equipment that would otherwise have ended up in a dumpster, or worse, as toxic waste shipped overseas.

Isthmus reporter Allison Geyer did a lovely job with the story, which appeared in the April 17 issue.

About RADD

This weblog serves as documentation for RADD: Recovering Analog and Digital Data.

What is RADD?

RADD is a collection of hardware and software in the SLIS Library designed for digitizing at-risk analog materials as well as recovering data from at-risk digital media.

Who may use RADD?

RADD is first and foremost a teaching machine. SLIS course-related uses receive priority. After that, it is open to the UW-Madison community.

Is there documentation for RADD use? Training?

We’re working on documentation; it will take time. Training can be arranged on an ad-hoc basis; email Dorothea Salo (salo at

I can’t do this work myself. Is there someone who can do it for me?

Yes! See our price list.

Who built RADD? Why?

RADD is the brainchild of SLIS Faculty Associate Dorothea Salo. After service-learning projects for LIS 668 “Digital Curation” kept foundering on the need for specialized digitization and capture equipment, Dorothea set a group of Digital Curation students to researching equipment and prices. RADD was the eventual result.