Purpose – This paper aims to provide an overview of developments in digitisation policy and practice at the National Library of Wales (NLW) from 1995 to 2007 and drawing out the lessons learnt. Design/methodology/approach – A chronological overview of developments focusing on the pilot phase, policy statements of 2001 and 2005 and on specific projects that have been undertaken during this period. Findings – Provides a comprehensive view of digitisation at NLW and its evolution over time as well as identifying some key strategic decisions and some important lessons learnt. Research limitations/implications – This paper aims to outline developments as they occurred at NLW and does not aim to place those developments, or any current or future strategies, in a wider context. Originality/value – This paper provides the digitisation community with an account of how digitisation was adopted as a core function (at a relatively early stage) by a national repository and can be of value to those still considering implementing digitisation in earnest for the first time or are looking anew at their digitisation strategy.
Program: electronic library and information systems – Emerald Publishing
Published: Apr 25, 2008
Keywords: National libraries; Digital libraries; Strategic management; Wales