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Best practices, standards and techniques for digitizing library materials: a snapshot of library digitization practices in the USA

Yan Quan Liu (Professor at the School of Communication, Library and Information Science, Southern Connecticut State University, New Haven, Connecticut, USA)

Online Information Review

ISSN: 1468-4527

Article publication date: 1 October 2004

Abstract

This study investigates current practice in digitizing library materials in the USA. Building a good digital collection has been a common task, pervasive in all types of libraries. Digitization becomes more and more crucial, affecting libraries while they work towards becoming digital. Researchers and practitioners would like to know what practices have been developed to deal with the challenges that pose the most significant problems or concerns for libraries in digitization. Through probing some widespread issues on what materials to digitize, and the associated standards and technologies in digitization in US libraries, this survey of current literature reveals a number of prominent library digitization practices, methods and challenges, and highlights the best practices, trends and interests in library digitization pertaining to both policy and technology marketplace issues.

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Quan Liu, Y. (2004), "Best practices, standards and techniques for digitizing library materials: a snapshot of library digitization practices in the USA", Online Information Review, Vol. 28 No. 5, pp. 338-345. https://doi.org/10.1108/14684520410564262

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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