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Digitization Projects at UNLV Libraries

Is your digital repository a secret?

By Cory Lampert on August 22, 2008 8:08 AM | Permalink
It is a commonly held notion that digitization work is done to support learning and to increase access to materials. Cited in the report mentioned below, nearly 80% of large academic libraries either already have or plan to have digital repositories. Sounds great, right? Well hold on. Ithaka's 2006 Studies of Key Stakeholders in the Digital Transformation in Higher Education, presents research highlighting faculty views on the academic library. The report also tracks changes in their views over time (the years 2000, 2003, and most recently: 2006). This very interesting report reveals lots of thought-provoking topics for discussion; but the section on digital repositories was what drew my immediate attention and may be cause for some alarm. Especially this:

Tips for Liaison Librarians

By Cory Lampert on March 1, 2007 3:02 PM | Permalink
This afternoon, I joined our Subject Liaison librarians at a meeting where I was asked to talk about potential roles they might play in working with faculty on digitization projects. Here are some notes from my handout: Roles 1. Main Contact with faculty- Role identifying collections, opportunities, proposing projects 2. Information Source- Role communicating campus/school issues, priorities, interests of faculty 3. Subject Specialist- Collection Development role: selection, identification, organization and description to help create useful metadata 4. Research Expert- Usability/Instruction Role: understanding of faculty and students research needs should be part of designing collection web pages, custom searches, and database design. 5. Cheerleader- Role promoting digital collections and the original primary resources, help provide context and relate digital collections to other resources. 6. Eye on the Marketplace- Role interacting with vendors, database providers, publishers of other online resources (including other digital collections). Tips: So you’ve heard tidbits about a potential project…what next?