Planning digitization projects is a tremendous undertaking. Decisions have to be made about the scope of the project, metadata standards to adopt, workflow processes, online delivery, and more -- oh, and money. And this doesn't even begin to scratch the surface of digital conversion issues -- of which there are plenty. It makes sense that a lot of smaller libraries would consider using a trusted vendor with solid referrals to manage the digital conversion component of a digitization project. It's not a solution that's right for every project, but outsourcing digitization might make all the difference in ensuring that a first digitization project won't end up being the library's last.
OCLC Manager of Digital and Preservation Programs, Gayle Palmer, will be hosting a free one-hour webinar on taking advantage of outsourcing. OCLC provides their own digital conversion services, so I would expect a bit of a pitch squeezed in here, but I'm sure there will be plenty of take-aways from this webinar. The webinar is October 7 from 3-4. Registration is available here.