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ERIC Number: ED449813
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Nov
Pages: 68
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Searching for Utopia: Best Practices in Digitizing the Corporate Library.
Stach, Ron
Using an in-depth review of the literature and the author's own personal experience, this paper attempts to distill the eight best practices of those undertaking digitization projects. Results are intended specifically to assist special librarians undertaking a digitization effort in a corporate setting, but conclusions could equally apply to the public or non-profit sector. Digitization experiences are examined from public, academic, and corporate libraries, books and how-to manuals for digital librarians, and unpublished presentations from workshops and conferences. Discussion includes knowledge management and its relationship to a corporate digitization project. Questions focus on why, what and how to digitize. Major issues that should be considered in a digitization project are revealed, such as immature technologies, lack of standards, and intellectual freedom. Key conclusions are that there is no absolute "right" way to digitize, but that best practices are clearly discernible. Opportunities for further research are suggested. The best practices of effective digitizers (also listed in an appendix) are identified as follows: (1) It is best to be on the cutting edge, not the bleeding edge, of technology; (2) Knowledge management is not left out; (3) People are key, not the technology; (4) End users are considered; (5) Communication and training are a line item in the budget; (6) Effectiveness is measured, reported, and addressed; (7) Choices are made carefully and thoughtfully; and (8) Clues are left for future generations. Appendices also provide guides to scanner and Optical Character Recognition technologies, including their own select bibliographies, as well as sample project planning aids (process flow diagrams and project checklist). (Contains 58 references.) (AEF)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses
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Language: English
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