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Digitizing special collections: to boldly go where we've been before

Digitizing special collections: to boldly go where we've been before Purpose – Aims to present issues related to digitization in the context of the historical role and purpose of academic special collections. Design/methodology/approach – Presents a comparison of current issues related to digitization to historical issues related to the management of traditional print special collections. Findings – The current issues are not new. Technology has not dramatically altered the role of special collections in academic libraries. Research limitations/implications – Based on personal observation and experience and an awareness of issues, but essentially a personal viewpoint. Practical implications – May provide non‐special collections librarians with a better understanding of, or different perspective on, the popular notion of “digitizing special collections” and of special collections historically and generally. Originality/value – This is the viewpoint of an experienced head of special collections, a trained academic historian, and someone who has been involved in a number of digital projects. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Library Hi Tech Emerald Publishing

Digitizing special collections: to boldly go where we've been before

Library Hi Tech , Volume 23 (3): 17 – Sep 1, 2005

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Publisher
Emerald Publishing
Copyright
Copyright © 2005 Emerald Group Publishing Limited. All rights reserved.
ISSN
0737-8831
DOI
10.1108/07378830510621793
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Abstract

Purpose – Aims to present issues related to digitization in the context of the historical role and purpose of academic special collections. Design/methodology/approach – Presents a comparison of current issues related to digitization to historical issues related to the management of traditional print special collections. Findings – The current issues are not new. Technology has not dramatically altered the role of special collections in academic libraries. Research limitations/implications – Based on personal observation and experience and an awareness of issues, but essentially a personal viewpoint. Practical implications – May provide non‐special collections librarians with a better understanding of, or different perspective on, the popular notion of “digitizing special collections” and of special collections historically and generally. Originality/value – This is the viewpoint of an experienced head of special collections, a trained academic historian, and someone who has been involved in a number of digital projects.

Journal

Library Hi TechEmerald Publishing

Published: Sep 1, 2005

Keywords: Collections management; Digital libraries

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