Selection in the Digital Age
This session discusses selection of materials for digital conversion. Careful selection is important to avoid wasting time and effort digitizing the wrong materials or digitizing for the wrong reasons. A variety of rationales for digitization are discussed.
Selection criteria guide evaluation whether materials should be digitized and whether they can be digitized. Criteria from a number of institutions are discussed: whether the item or collection has sufficient value to justify digitization, whether digitization is appropriate for materials of this type, whether digitization can achieve the desired goals, whether the institution has infrastructure to carry out a digitization project, whether it has the intellectual property rights to create and disseminate digital versions, and whether the cost is appropriate.
Each institution must develop strategic plans and priorities for digital conversion grounded in its mission and goals. Examples drawn from several different types of institutions are discussed.