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Digitizing Collections: Strategic Issues for the Information Manager

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Digitizing Collections: Strategic Issues for the Information Manager

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Recommended Reading on Digitization, PDFs, Information Architecture, and the Digital Divide This month, I look at books to help you digitize your special collections, manipulate PDF files, improve the information architecture of your Web site or intranet, and evaluate the impact of the Internet on society. Digitizing Collections: Strategic Issues for the Information Manager by Lorna M. Hughes ISBN: 1-85604-466-1 Published: 2004 Pages: 327 pp.; hardcover Price: $85.00

Available from: Facet Publishing, Riclgmount St., London WCIE 7AE U.K., www.facetpublishing.co.uk

This book focuses on planning and managing the digitization process of cultural materials collections. It is aimed at those in museums and libraries with special collections containing text, images, audio, video, and other formats who are considering digitization projects.

The first half of the book deals with the strategic issues, covering such important topics as why people should digitize in the first place; what should be digitized; and what it will all cost in terms of money, staff, and resources. The author wisely emphasizes how important proper planning will be to the success of the project. …

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