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How can I provide access to digitized collections?


  • Viewshare

Viewshare is a free platform for generating and customizing views (interactive maps, timelines, facets, tag clouds) that allow users to experience your digital collections.


  • Copyright Implications of Mass Book Digitization


  • Sobel, Karen, and Beall, Jeffrey. (2011). Humanities Research, Book Digitization, and the Problem of Linguistic Change. Journal of Library Innovation, 2, 3-15.

"The good news is that millions of books have been digitized and are freely available over the Internet. The bad news is also that millions of books have been digitized and are freely available over the Internet. Linguistic change presents one of the greatest hurdles to information retrieval in databases of digitized books because keyword searching of digitized materials does not guarantee discoverability. This article examines the problem of linguistic change in humanities research in full-text databases and describes the innovative solution offered by two proprietary library content providers." [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]

  • Tharani, Karim. (2012). Collections Digitization Framework: A Service-oriented Approach to Digitization in Academic Libraries. Partnership: The Canadian Journal of Library & Information Practice & Research, 7, 1-13.

"With advances in information technologies, academic libraries are now in a position to offer collections digitization services beyond campus communities. By mobilizing digitization to off-campus communities, academic libraries can reposition themselves as responsive and relevant in the face of a changing digital services landscape. This will also help academic libraries create unique opportunities to access and share hidden knowledge embedded within local and remote communities with rich intellectual traditions. This article proposes a service-oriented framework for academic libraries to reimagine and mobilize collections digitization as part of broader library services. The proposed Collections Digitization Framework is based on the Service Framework for Digital Libraries developed by the Digital Library Federation, whereby digitization activities have been formalized into discrete processes and functions. The issues and challenges that academic libraries may face in mobilizing digitization services are also discussed in the context of a collaborative community digitization initiative undertaken by two Canadian academic libraries." [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]

  • Chmielewska, Barbara, and Wróbel, Agnieszka. (2013). Providing access to historical documents through digitization. Library Management, 34, 324-334.

"Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to show the beginnings and development of digitization processes in University of Warsaw Library by examining the digital library of e-bUW. Design/methodology/approach – The main method is the comparison to other similar actions within the country of Poland. The subject scope of the paper also includes a description of methods of presenting digitized collections to patrons. Findings – It turned out that fair visibility of catalogue records of digitized material is possible mainly because the Library of Warsaw University is a member of Digital Libraries Federation (Federacja Bibliotek Cyfrowych). Since 2007 the collection has been visited by over 5 million readers. Originality/value – The original value of the paper is made by presenting efforts of one country on an international level to a broader audience with special attention to individual solutions. Keywords Digitization, Presentation, Historical documents, Library federation, Historical research, Poland Paper type Case study." [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]

  • Overholt, John. (2013). Five Theses on the Future of Special Collections. RBM: A Journal of Rare Books, Manuscripts, & Cultural Heritage, 14, 15-20.

"The author reflects on the future of special collections in libraries. He believes that digitization is driving the transformation of special collections librarianship. He emphasizes the friction in the process of matching users with the materials they need, adding that the content available online is too often trapped in institutional silos. He points out the need to look for new venues through which to share collections and opportunities to meet potential users. He also argues that special collections are entrusted to librarians to preserve them but preservation without use is empty."


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