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Digital Futures

Digitizing Collections: Strategic Issues for the Information Manager


The proliferation of developments in digital technology makes choosing the right method of digitizing resources an increasingly complex process for information organizations. This technology is a key way forward in the twenty-first century, but it is important to develop a strategy to fully assess the costs and benefits of going ahead with a digitization project, and to know when it is the right or the wrong time to do so. This book presents information managers with all the strategic and practical issues to consider when making the decision to digitize their collections. It runs through the digitization process step by step, outlines the different techniques available to deal with a wide range of library resources, and explores the opportunities offered by a collaborative approach to digitization. Fully case- and evidence-based, the text is supported by examples of digitization projects carried out in various types of libraries around the world, and by an extensive list of sources of further information. Divided into two main sections, 'Strategic Decision Making' and 'Digitizing Collections', the chapters include: • Why digitize? The costs and benefits of digitization • Selecting materials for digitization • Intellectual property, copyright and other legal issues • The institutional framework • The importance of collaboration • Project planning and funding • Managing a digitization project • Digitization of rare and fragile materials • Digitization of audio and moving image collections • Digitization of text and images. Readership: This key international text offers information managers the benefit of a fully strategic approach to digitization and substantial experience drawn from leading digitization projects. It is also essential reading for managers in heritage institutions such as museums, galleries and local archives, and for students of information science.
PART 1: STRATEGIC DECISION MAKING 1. Why digitize? The costs and benefits of digitization 2. Selecting materials for digitization 3. Intellectual property, copyright, and other legal issues 4. Project management and the institutional framework 5. The importance of collaboration PART 2: DIGITIZING COLLECTIONS 6. Project planning and funding 7. Managing a digitization project 8. Digitization of rare and fragile materials 9. Digitization of audio and moving image collections 10. Digitization of text and images.

Professor Lorna Hughes is the University of Wales Chair in Digital Collections, based in the National Library of Wales. She is a Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Advanced Welsh and Celtic Studies.

"This book is a valuable contribution to the series on this complex topic and it manages to deliver a great deal of practical information."

Information World Review

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