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Digital decisions: user-driven digitization

Stephanie Sussmeier (Talbott Music Library, Westminster Choir College of Rider University, Lawrenceville, New Jersey, USA)
Heather Perez (Talbott Music Library, Westminster Choir College of Rider University, Lawrenceville, New Jersey, USA)

Library Hi Tech News

ISSN: 0741-9058

Article publication date: 9 April 2021

Issue publication date: 5 August 2021

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Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to determine digitization selection strategies to optimize usage by examining digital collections at Stockton University, comparing the library-driven projects to the community-driven ones.

Design/methodology/approach

Case study of digitization selection strategy for Special Collections and University Archives, comparing library-driven to community-driven approaches.

Findings

Based on webpage analytics of the digital collections, community-driven digitization projects are more successful than library-driven ones.

Research limitations/implications

As a case study, this paper only analyzes a select number of digital collections from one institution.

Practical implications

Those responsible for digitization selection may wish to allow community members to propose collections for digitization.

Originality/value

To the authors’ best knowledge, no other known studies have used user analytics to compare community-driven digitization projects to library-driven ones.

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Citation

Sussmeier, S. and Perez, H. (2021), "Digital decisions: user-driven digitization", Library Hi Tech News, Vol. 38 No. 3, pp. 6-9. https://doi.org/10.1108/LHTN-02-2021-0007

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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