Mass Digitization of Books

This is an incredible effort to do such a mass digitization of five major libraries. It would be fantastic to be able to find all of the books from these libraries online and searchable. I would love to see Google make available what they are using to scan the books as, “open source”, if you … Continue reading Mass Digitization of Books

Use Restriction, Workflow Design, and Resource Scarcity Can Limit Discoverability and Access to Digital Collections

["A book scanner at the Internet Archive headquarters in San Francisco, California" by Dvortygirl is licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0] One of the primary missions of digital libraries is to improve discoverability of and access to cultural heritage materials through digitization, digital preservation, and cataloging of digital items (Xie and Matusiak, 2016, p. 4). While institutions and … Continue reading Use Restriction, Workflow Design, and Resource Scarcity Can Limit Discoverability and Access to Digital Collections

Shifting Gears or Caught in the Eddies?

Amy An | Shifting Gears or Caught in the Eddies? In 2007, OCLC produced a report by Erway and Schaffner that summarized the results of a forum held by the Research Libraries Group of the Society of American Archivists. In it they made a deliberately “provocative” call for preferencing quantity over quality in digitizing special … Continue reading Shifting Gears or Caught in the Eddies?