ERIC Number: ED352040
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
The Cornell/Xerox Commission on Preservation and Access Joint Study in Digital Preservation. Report: Phase 1 (January 1990-December 1991). Digital Capture, Paper Facsimiles, and Network Access.
Kenney, Anne R.; Personius, Lynne K.
The primary emphasis of this study of the use of digital technology to preserve library materials was the capture of brittle books as digital images and the production of printed paper facsimiles. Of equal interest, however, was the role of digital technology in providing access to library resources, and preliminary work in this area has also been accomplished. Based on extensive experimentation with one digital scanning system, the study reached five principal conclusions: (1) digital image technology provides an alternative--of comparable quality and lower cost--to photocopying for preserving deteriorating library materials; (2) subject to the resolution of certain problems, digital scanning technology offers a cost effective adjunct or alternative to microfilm preservation; (3) digital technology has the potential to enhance access to library materials; (4) through the implementation of document control structures, digital technology offers a means to facilitate access and to provide links between the library catalog and the material itself; and (5) the infrastructure developed for library preservation and access activities supports other applications in the electronic dissemination of information. This report is divided into three major sections: a description of the products developed to reach project goals; a review of the process of applying digital scanning technology to the preservation of and access to library materials; and a discussion of the findings. Four appendixes offer information on the comparative quality of paper and facsimile copies; a description of a cost study; assumptions of the cost study, including equipment, labor and materials costs; and a scanning diagram. (KRN)
Descriptors: Access to Information, Books, College Libraries, Comparative Analysis, Cost Effectiveness, Electronic Equipment, Higher Education, Information Technology, Information Transfer, Microforms, Preservation, Reprography, Research Libraries
Commission on Preservation and Access, 1400 16th St., N.W., Suite 740, Washington, DC 20036-2117 ($10).
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Commission on Preservation and Access, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Cornell Univ., Ithaca, NY.; Xerox Corp., Rochester, NY.