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A marathon not a sprint Lessons learnt from the first decade of digitisation at the National Library of Wales

A marathon not a sprint Lessons learnt from the first decade of digitisation at the National... 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. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Program: electronic library and information systems Emerald Publishing

A marathon not a sprint Lessons learnt from the first decade of digitisation at the National Library of Wales

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Publisher
Emerald Publishing
Copyright
Copyright © 2008 Emerald Group Publishing Limited. All rights reserved.
ISSN
0033-0337
DOI
10.1108/00330330810867675
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Abstract

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.

Journal

Program: electronic library and information systemsEmerald Publishing

Published: Apr 25, 2008

Keywords: National libraries; Digital libraries; Strategic management; Wales

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