This two-hour online class will explore the components of a strong digital collections policy and how to make strategic decisions about selecting and prioritizing materials for digitization.
For many of us, our special collections and archives include correspondence, diaries, research materials, family photographs, scrapbooks, oral histories, audio and video materials—and much of it is wonderful. Over the years our predecessors may have arranged and roughly organized the materials, but when it comes to digitization it is difficult for even the most sophisticated institution to know where to start.
Even if your institution has been digitizing materials for years it may be in a very ad hoc way and at some point in time most organizations need to pull back and set some guidelines, policies, and put strategies in place to prioritize their digitization work.
This class will help you walk through that process.
By the end of this class, students will be able to:
- Discuss the components of a digital collections development policy focused on unique and special collection materials
- Identify strategies for content selection
- Understand how to set digitization priorities