#LawRepositories - Is Digitization Preservation?
As a librarian interested in preservation, people are the enemy. They eat, they have dirty hands, they lose things. (Tone was sarcastic, folks!)
LLMC / Jerry Dupont - Use means digital use. Content is what folks are interested in.
- We’re too small, it’s only me.
- Do what you can, and then you’ve done it. Your own small part.
- We can’t afford it.
- Student labor, equipment not too expensive. Fuji ScanSnap worthy of lust!
- We don’t have the technical skills.
- We can all specialize, use our own skills. The technical folks from #LawRepositories - Lightning Talks will handle the technical stuff.
- Not a priority.
- It can’t wait. The books are falling apart.
Agrees with Sharon more than disagrees.
Digitization Myths from the managerial perspective:
- It’s (primarily) about (open) access
- “Intellectual output" = call for new term needed!!
- Editorial input might be the sine qua non of publishing, but are publishers doing it?
- Digitization means creating something new.
- Digitization is about both access and preservation.
- Need to be considered independently.
- Preservation is backup and recovery
- Backup and recovery is a disaster-planning mechanism, not for access or preservation necessarily.
- Bit rot is probably the most dangerous thing.
- Acquisition of a turnkey repository is enough
- We need to be doing more with repositories.
- What’s the goal?
- Maintain the object for as long as needed that is authentic and accessible.
- Reduce handling.
- Ensuring authenticity
- When you digitize, you’re the custodian.
- Trusted Digital Repositories (TDRs)
- Most have decided that bepress meets the needs, but it’s not open-and-shut.
- Control and Structure
- It’s a constant process of evaluation.
- Management, Technology, and Content
- No single preservation strategy
- We’re talking about tools but also where things will be in the future.
- 3 to 5 years. Seems like a lot. But keep it in mind.
- Less process, more product.
- We can get caught up in the details, leading to delay.
Guidelines from OCLC
- Do no harm
- Don’t preclude future use
- Don’t let the first two be obstacles to action
- Document what you do
Final point is that the data is your data.
“Digital information lasts forever — or five years, whichever comes first."
- Jeff Rothenberg
Q&A from Carol and Audience
Have you chosen not to digitize something at all?
- Not volitionally, but because the things have not been identified.
- Materials not significant. Intellectual value.
Interesting question → Work of an archivist as opposed to the work of a digitizer.
- But, leave the organization of the creator in place if you can.
- Archival students can be helpful. Box-level content organization can be done rather easily.
Grants for preservation or digitization?
- St. Mary’s (TX) has received grant, but had a bad experience with a particular set of papers through DPLA Hub.
- Have been several grants recently, Univ. of Utah (IMLS)
- LYRASIS (mass digitization), Sharon has worked with them.
- Margie Maes mentions it’s a challenge with smaller law collections
- Duke has its own digitization center university-wide, can do small projects.