Digital Library Programs for Libraries and Archives: Developing, Managing, and Sustaining Unique Digital Collections, Paperback, 1 Edition by Purcell, Aaron D.
Paperback: 1 Edition
Publication Date: 2016-06-17
Publisher: ALA Neal-Schuman
Paperback : 256 pages
Edition: 1 Edition
Author: Purcell, Aaron D.
Product Description Online collections of unique primary source library materials are what distinguish today’s libraries and archives. Beginning in the 199s, many digitization projects matured into digital library programs. Economic downturns and stretched budgets have made the expansion of digitization programs difficult if not impossible. Libraries and archives of various sizes are struggling to turn their digitization projects into programs. At the same time many institutions with limited staff and resources have been asked to begin digitization programs to highlight their unique material and serve their diverse constituencies. Library and archives leaders are searching for an approachable and easy-to-follow resource on how to begin or enhance digitization efforts at their institutions. Like others they want to develop mature digital library programs that emphasize their unique primary materials. There are no sources that outline such a transition from digitization project to digital library program, and few sources that serve as practical introductions to starting digitization projects.Building Digital Library Programs for Libraries and Archives: Developing, Managing, and Maintaining Unique Digital Collections provides librarians and archivists an overview of today’s digital libraries and a simple step-by-step workbook approach to creating a digital library program plan for their institution. That plan outlines how to transform digital library projects into mature and sustainable digital library programs. This book distills the existing literature and best practices on digital libraries and provides readers with a snapshot of today’s digital library landscape. It also provides readers clear instructions for creating a plan for establishing their own digital library programs even if they have yet to purchase a scanner or if they have thousands of TIFF files languishing on a server. Building Digital Library Programs for Libraries and Archives is a resource designed to appeal to archivists and librarians charged with developing, managing, and maintaining their institution’s unique digital collections. Review "Thoroughly 'reader friendly' in tone, commentary, organization and presentation." --Library Bookwatch "Purcell's knowledge of digital library programs and experience in the field comes through in the depth of information provided and in the organization of the book. The large practical component makes this book especially valuable for new project managers." --Voice of Youth Advocates "Purcell approaches the digitization of collections as an ongoing effort, and provides a framework for librarians to properly do so … A tremendously helpful resource for those individuals who are digitizing their collection for the first time, or for those who are adding to their current digital collection." --American Reference Books Annual About the Author Aaron D. Purcell is professor and director of special collections at Virginia Tech. He earned his Ph.D. in history from the University of Tennessee, his master’s of library science from the University of Maryland, College Park, and his master’s degree in history from the University of Louisville. Purcell has also worked at the National Archives and Records Administration, the National Library of Medicine, and the University of Tennessee.
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