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Finding access and digital preservation solutions for a digitized oral history project: A case study

Krystyna K. Matusiak (Department of Research Methods and Information Science, University of Denver, Denver, Colorado, USA)
Allison Tyler (School of Information, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA)
Catherine Newton (Libraries, Digital Collections, The College of Wooster, Wooster, Ohio, USA)
Padma Polepeddi (Public Services, Jefferson County Public Library, Lakewood, Colorado, USA)

Digital Library Perspectives

ISSN: 2059-5816

Article publication date: 8 May 2017

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to examine affordable access and digital preservation solutions for digital collections developed by under-resourced small- and mid-sized cultural heritage organizations.

Design/methodology/approach

The paper presents a case study of Jeffco Stories, a collection of digitized oral histories created by the Jefferson County Public Library in Colorado.

Findings

This paper describes how the Jefferson County Public Library undertook a migration project of its oral history digital collection into an open-access platform, Omeka, and selected DuraCloud as a hosted digital preservation service.

Research limitations/implications

As a case study, this paper is limited to one institution’s experience with selecting access and digital preservation solutions.

Practical/implications

This paper is relevant to librarians and archivists who are exploring access and preservation solutions for digital collections and to those who are considering migrating to open-access content management systems and cloud-based digital preservation solutions.

Originality/value

This paper presents a case of a public library and the challenges in finding affordable access and digital preservation solutions for small digital collections.

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Citation

Matusiak, K.K., Tyler, A., Newton, C. and Polepeddi, P. (2017), "Finding access and digital preservation solutions for a digitized oral history project: A case study", Digital Library Perspectives, Vol. 33 No. 2, pp. 88-99. https://doi.org/10.1108/DLP-07-2016-0025

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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