April 24, 2014

New ALA Publication Begins With a Look at Digitizing Hidden Collections

The American Library Association’s  Office for Information Technology Policy (OITP) has begun a new, primarily digital series of publications called “OITP Perspectives” which will provide an outlet for topics more specialized than those covered by the more familiar Policy Briefs.

The first  publication, “Digitizing Hidden Collections in Public Libraries,” was written by Gwen Glazer, a staff writer/editor and social media coordinator at Cornell University.

Glazer’s piece offers an overview of digitization challenges facing small and medium-sized libraries, presents options for large-scale digitization projects, and suggests ways to share newly created digital collections.

“This publication is a significant start to the perspectives series because it delves into an issue that public librarians care deeply about but are not sure how to handle,” Bonnie Tijerina, chair of OITP’s Advisory Committee, said in a press release.

Future issues will cover topics such as technology services, copyright, and e-books.

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Michael Kelley (mkelley@mediasourceinc.com) is the former Editor-in-Chief, Library Journal.

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