Creating Digital Collections. A Practical Guide by Allison Zhang, Don Gourley

By Allison Zhang, Don Gourley

Libraries realize the significance of digitizing archival fabric to enhance entry to and upkeep in their exact collections. This e-book presents a step by step consultant for growing electronic collections, together with examples and sensible counsel that experience by no means been released before.

  • Illustrates techniques with an on-going case learn on the finish of every chapter
  • Provides precise technical info and useful adventure Discusses practitioners' perception in digitization
  • Can be used as a consultant for developing electronic collections

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In cases where works to be digitised are covered by copyright, the owning library is responsible for obtaining permission from the copyright holder. A copy of the permissions document must be provided to DCPC along with the materials (Payne, 2004). 28 Selecting material for digitisation The DCPC encourages the member libraries to select collections that are permitted to be open to the public or, at least, to all libraries within the consortium. The member libraries may request assistance for collections that are restricted to one or more libraries due to the licensing agreement.

As a result, many metadata standards have been developed and a great deal has been published about the various standards and schemas. Here we will introduce a few metadata initiatives that are most commonly employed in digital libraries. Dublin Core Dublin Core, the first ‘metadata for the web’ was developed in 1995 (Agnew, 2005). The goal of the Dublin Core initiative was to: define a set of data elements simple enough for authors and publishers to use in describing their own documents as they put them on the net, but useful enough to facilitate discovery and retrieval of these documents by others.

Examples of added value include: Providing unrestricted and remote access to archival or special collections. Many libraries host a large amount of historical materials in their archives and special collections. These are primary resources for researchers to study history and other subjects. The materials are often not made available to most library users because everyday use will damage fragile and deteriorating items. Converting them to digital format and making them available on the web opens them up for use by a much broader range of researchers, educators and students.

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