Creating Digital Collections: A Practical Guide (Chandos by Allison Zhang, Don Gourley

By Allison Zhang, Don Gourley

Libraries realize the significance of digitizing archival fabric to enhance entry to and upkeep in their distinctive collections. This e-book presents a step by step consultant for developing electronic collections, together with examples and sensible tips that experience by no means been released before.

  • Illustrates suggestions with an on-going case research on the finish of every chapter
  • Provides specific technical info and sensible adventure Discusses practitioners’ perception in digitization
  • Can be used as a advisor for developing electronic collections

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Examples of added value include: Providing unrestricted and remote access to archival or special collections. Many libraries host a large amount of historical materials in their archives and special collections. These are primary resources for researchers to study history and other subjects. The materials are often not made available to most library users because everyday use will damage fragile and deteriorating items. Converting them to digital format and making them available on the web opens them up for use by a much broader range of researchers, educators and students.

Metadata records can be created at different levels. For example, metadata records might be created for each photograph in a digital photograph collection and for the collection as a whole. Metadata records might be created for a book and each chapter of the book. While traditional cataloguing deals primarily with one level of cataloguing for a book or for a collection, very few library catalogues contain records for individual photographs, book chapters or journal articles. g. Dublin Core, which is discussed below).

Therefore: the materials included in the collection reflect similarities and differences in cultures, societies, interests, and lifestyles of peoples around the world. The collection’s focus is on identifying materials that help children to understand the world around them and the global society in which they live. (International Children’s Digital Library 2005) 26 Selecting material for digitisation The material selection for the International Children’s Digital Library would be different from selecting material for academic digital libraries, whose primary audience is faculty, scholars, researchers and students.

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