Target Audience: Library managers; technical services librarians; any librarians who are interested in digital archive projects
1) Participants will be able to identify and discuss the major issues involved with creating a digital archive.
2) Participants will be able to develop an action plan for creating a digital archive in their own institutions.
In July 2011, the University of Colorado’s William A. Wise Law Library received a large and unexpected donation of print materials when former dean and prolific scholar David Getches passed away. The library’s small staff, which had limited experience with archives or digitization, suddenly became “accidental archivists,” with a mandated goal to create a digital archive of selected materials from the donation by April 2012. This program traces the development of the project from initiation to completion, and provides a practical case study of what to expect when a library undertakes a digitization project for the first time. The presentation will focus on several key issues: establishing digitization processes and obtaining equipment; funding; gathering permissions; planning; staffing; and using outside sources of assistance.