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Digital Library Programs for Libraries and Archives: Developing, Managing, and Sustaining Unique Digital Collections
by Aaron D. Purcell
- traces the historical growth of digital libraries and the importance of those digital foundations;
- summarizes current technological challenges that affect the planning of digital libraries, and how librarians and archivists are adapting to the changing information landscape;
- uses examples to lay out the core priorities of leading successful digital programs;
- covers the essentials of getting started, from vision and mission building to identifying resources and partnerships;
- emphasizes the importance of digitizing original unique materials found in library and archives collections, and suggests approaches to the selection process;
- addresses metadata and key technical standards;
- discusses management and daily operations, including assessment, enhancement, sustainability, and long-term preservation planning;
- provides guidance for marketing, promotion, and outreach, plus how to take into account such considerations as access points, intended audiences, and educational and instructional components; and
- includes exercises designed to help readers define their own digital projects and create a real-world digital program plan.
Purcell, Aaron D. Digital Library Programs for Libraries and Archives: Developing, Managing, and Sustaining Unique Digital Collections. Chicago, ALA Neal-Schuman, 2016. 256 pp.
2016/paperback/ ISBN-13: 978-0838914502 $80.80
Kindle eBook available - $68.