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Selecting Rare Books and Special Collections for Digitization

Gertz, Janet Elaine

This paper discusses selection of rare materials for digital conversion. Selection criteria guide decisions on whether materials should be digitized, whether they may be digitized, and whether they can be digitized. Criteria include 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 and preserve the digital product, whether it has the intellectual property rights to create and disseminate digital versions, and whether the cost is appropriate.

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Libraries and Information Services
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June 14, 2013

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A version of this paper was presented at the Conservation Center for Art and Historic Artifacts conference, The Next Chapter: Rare Books in Modern Times on Tuesday, November 13, 2012, and subsequently published in Computers in Libraries, March 2013, Vol. 33 Issue 2, p. 6-11, under the title Should You, May You, Can You.

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