Magazine article Computers in Libraries

Perfect Storm

Magazine article Computers in Libraries

Perfect Storm

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This month's cover reminds me of the satellite photos of tropical storms, which is fitting. In so many respects, libraries today exist in the eye of a hurricane. Priorities are many. Money is still tight. And the imperative to transform special collections into a library's unique value proposition is increasingly touted as the No. 1 survival strategy. In this month's issue, we look at a variety of economical means to that end.

In the lead article, Richard P. Hulser reminds us that there can be strength in numbers as he describes the California Audiovisual Preservation Project (CAVPP). It has brought more than 80 organizations together to build the California Light and Sound collection, comprising media recordings from California's rich past. Using a shared workflow, the project has ended up costing participating libraries only hundreds--and not thousands--of dollars.

Of course, it's one thing to pull off the digitization, but quite another to store digitized files over the long term. Both the CAVPP project and one described by Joe Marciniak (LaGrange College) make use of the Internet Archive to store and provide public access to digitized local history collections. …

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