Archivists strategize before a digitization project. Digitization requires a significant investment, and assessing costs and benefits is essential.
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Reading Room Recommendations
An archives reading room should provide reader comfort with optimum security for historical materials.
Processing Room Recommendations
A processing room provides a separate workspace from storage areas where archivists examine, sort, arrange, describe, and rehouse archival materials.
Archival Storage Room Recommendations
Archival storage should incorporate only the materials required to house and store the collections. Detailed recommendations and best practices.
Metadata Creation for Digitized Collections
Metadata provides users with a standardized means of intellectual access to digitized materials.
Digitizing archival materials requires describing them to aid users in discovering them. Description is challenging due to detail required.
Description of Archival Collections
Description of archival collections assumes archivists should increase the number of access points to materials to help users navigate their collections
Quality Control and Post-Production in Digitization Projects
As part of a digitization project, some post-production is necessary to obtain surrogates that match the original’s detail, sharpness, and tonal range
Digitization Labor Options
Archives and archivists should consider both in-house and outsourced labor options for digitization projects; guidance on weighing the options.
Digitization Planning and Cost Projection
Organizations rely on best practices to justify the investments made in digitization projects; strategic planning, management, realistic cost estimates
Selection Criteria for Digitization
Aesthetic, evidential, informational, intrinsic, and artifactual values, influence selection for archival digitization.
Issues to Consider Before Digitization
Prior to archival digitization, archivists should address areas of concern: publicity, privacy, copyright, legal matters, including international laws
Appraisal for Digitization
Selection is an indispensable tool for digitization because maintaining collections is expensive, and expenses for digital materials are significant.