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Digital Projects: Strategic Planning

Key Questions

  • What are our policies and goals?
  • What is our selection criteria for projects?
  • What makes a particular digital project a priority?

Creating Policies

Before committing to a digital project, a proposed project should be evaluated.

However, the Ort will first have to establish what it considers the appropriate criteria for evaluating the worthiness and viability of digital projects.  Here is where we set policies, procedures, agendas, and short-term & long-term goals.

References

International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions. (2014, September). Guidelines for planning the digitization of rare book and manuscript collections. Retrieved from http://www.ifla.org/files/assets/rare-books-and-manuscripts/rbms-guidelines/ifla_guidelines_for_planning_the_digitization_of_rare_book_and_manuscripts_collections_september_2014.pdf

Northeast Document Conservation Center. (2007). Planning for digitization: 20 questions for providers of digital storage services. Retrieved from https://www.nedcc.org/assets/media/documents/QuestionstoAskProvidersofDigitalStoragefinal.pdf

Northeast Document Conservation Center. (2007.) Planning for digitization: A self-assessment tool. Retrived from https://www.nedcc.org/assets/media/documents/DigitalPreservationSelfAssessmentfinal.pdf

* United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization. Fundamental principles of digitization of documentary heritage. Retrieved from http://www.unesco.org/new/fileadmin/MULTIMEDIA/HQ/CI/CI/pdf/mow/digitization_guidelines_for_web.pdf

Sitts, M.K. (Ed.). (2000). Handbook for digital projects: A management tool for preservation and access. Andover, MA: Northeast Digital Conservation Center. Retrieved from https://www.nedcc.org/assets/media/documents/dman.pdf

Examples & Case Studies

Harvard College Library.  HCL Collections Digitization Program. Retrieved from http://hcl.harvard.edu/collections/digital_collections/digitization_program.cfm

Houston Cole Library. (2012.) Houston Cole Library Digitization Plan. Retrieved from http://www.jsu.edu/library/pdfs/policies/DigitizationPlan.pdf

* Institute of Museum and Library Services. (2006, January). Status of technology and digitization in the nation's museums and libraries. Retrieved from http://www.imls.gov/assets/1/AssetManager/Technology_Digitization.pdf

- See document pages 81-82 for IMLS' 2001 and 2004 surveys of academic libraries' digitization policies and goals.  Other types of institutions engaged in digitization are discussed in other sections of the document.

Northern New York Library Network.  Digitization plan - introduction. Retrieved from http://nnyln.org/digit-introduction/

* Rutgers University Libraries. Propose a digital project. Retrieved from: https://rucore.libraries.rutgers.edu/about/participate.php

Rutgers University Libraries. RUcore policies. Retrieved from https://rucore.libraries.rutgers.edu/policies/index.php

Smithsonian Institution. (2010). Creating a Digital Smithonian: Digitization Strategic Plan, Retrieved from http://www.si.edu/content/pdf/about/2010_si_digitization_plan.pdf

University of Arkansas Libraries. (2001).  Digitization plan. Retrieved from http://libinfo.uark.edu/Webdocs/webdev/digitizationplandraft2.pdf 

Western Illinois University Libraries. WIU Libraries digitization policy recommendations. Retrieved from http://www.wiu.edu/libraries/administration/policies/DigitizationPolicies_0809.pdf