Magazine article Computers in Libraries

Digging into Digitizing

Magazine article Computers in Libraries

Digging into Digitizing

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We scan documents in order to have digital copies that we imagine will still be around after our paper fades and crumbles. But the task is not as simple as it sounds; it's not just like making a photocopy. Of course, the technologies for the task of scanning change fairly often. And the technologies for storing these scans probably change even more often. How can you keep up?

We aim to get you up-to-speed with this issue, which is focused on Scanning, Digitizing, Preserving. First you need to know how to make a really good, archival-quality scan, so you'll want to check out the primer that starts on page 6. We also have two features on major digitizing initiatives: The one that starts on page 10 is interesting because it's about more than 30 organizations collaborating on one project, and they have been changing tactics as technologies have changed. The second feature, which begins on page 16, is unique in that it discusses a 2-year project where librarians built their own digital library system to meet the group's storage and dissemination needs. …

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