Meeting name

Association of College and Research Libraries National Meeting

Meeting location

Seattle, WA

Document Type

Poster

Publication Date

3-14-2009

Description

Many academic libraries have invested time and resources into the creation of library digitization programs, and at this point in time there is a growing need to evaluate the impact and success of these efforts. What factors determine whether institutions achieve goals and experience long-term success or face challenges in staffing, funding, and strategic vision? This poster presents the results of a comprehensive survey administered to ARL (Association of Research Libraries) Library digitization managers to help provide a cross section of the current state of a diverse group of programs. Presented along with the survey results, the authors delve deep into the process undertaken at the UNLV Libraries to develop a strategic vision and decision-making structure to revitalize the library’s digitization unit and create increased buy-in from staff and partners. Such work entailed two reorganizations, various workshops presented to library staff, drafting of a comprehensive digitization white paper, and establishing an administrative structure to review and prioritize digitization project proposals. These two methods of investigation are presented side-by side to reflect patterns and point to several factors that contribute to success and sustainability of digitization efforts in academic libraries.

Keywords

Academic libraries; Digital preservation; Library materials--Digitization; Library surveys; Project management

Disciplines

Archival Science | Cataloging and Metadata | Collection Development and Management | Library and Information Science

Comments

Presented at: Association of College and Research Libraries National Meeting, Seattle, WA

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