A brief look inside what libraries and archives are coping with when making things available digitally.
A few months ago, one of my colleagues, Paul Hammer, a software developer with the UMD Libraries’ Software Systems Development and Research (SSDR), stopped by my office and mentioned to me that something in one of my recent blog posts was bothering him. Specifically, it was these two sentences:
Unfortunately, unlike our dependable analog collections, keeping track of all of this digitized content can sometimes be unwieldy. One of my big goals is to reach the point where an inventory of these digital collections can provide me with the equivalent of a “Shelf location” and statistics at the push of a button.
Paul reminded me that a lot of human effort, management and coercion went into acquiring, tracking, cataloging and circulating information in the analog world. If the staff, managers and profession were not diligently encouraging librarians, archivists and other professionals into using similar standards and practices, then no two…
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