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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.


International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions. (2014, September). Guidelines for planning the digitization of rare book and manuscript collections. Retrieved from

Northeast Document Conservation Center. (2007). Planning for digitization: 20 questions for providers of digital storage services. Retrieved from

Northeast Document Conservation Center. (2007.) Planning for digitization: A self-assessment tool. Retrived from

* United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization. Fundamental principles of digitization of documentary heritage. Retrieved from

Sitts, M.K. (Ed.). (2000). Handbook for digital projects: A management tool for preservation and access. Andover, MA: Northeast Digital Conservation Center. Retrieved from

Examples & Case Studies

Harvard College Library.  HCL Collections Digitization Program. Retrieved from

Houston Cole Library. (2012.) Houston Cole Library Digitization Plan. Retrieved from

* Institute of Museum and Library Services. (2006, January). Status of technology and digitization in the nation's museums and libraries. Retrieved from

- 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

* Rutgers University Libraries. Propose a digital project. Retrieved from:

Rutgers University Libraries. RUcore policies. Retrieved from

Smithsonian Institution. (2010). Creating a Digital Smithonian: Digitization Strategic Plan, Retrieved from

University of Arkansas Libraries. (2001).  Digitization plan. Retrieved from 

Western Illinois University Libraries. WIU Libraries digitization policy recommendations. Retrieved from