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Building Digital Collections through Partnerships: Brigham Young University's Harold B. Lee Library and the Internet Archive

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Mass digitization requires extensive budgetary, staff and technical resources. Brigham Young University's Harold B. Lee Library has partnered with the Internet Archive to share goods and services in an arrangement that maximizes the assets of each institution. While the Harold B. Lee Library supports a large staff of student employees and extensive library collections, the Internet Archive specializes in large-scale image processing, publishing and hosting. By combining these strengths, the Harold B. Lee Library has scanned ten times as much printed material in the last 18 months as it had scanned in the previous ten years combined.

The efficiency of the Internet Archive digitization process presents challenges in keeping a full scanning queue, but the Library continues to make careful selections by relying on subject specialist expertise and patron interest.
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: January 1, 2011

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  • The IS&T (digital) Archiving Conference offers a unique opportunity for imaging scientists and those working in the cultural heritage community (curators, archivists, librarians, photographers etc) from around the world to come together to discuss the most pressing issues related to the digital preservation and stewardship of hardcopy, and other cultural heritage documents and objects. Authors come from museums, archives, libraries, government institutions, industry and academia. Cutting edge topics related to multispectral and 3D imaging, as well as best practices for workflow, sharing, standards, and asset/collection management and dissemination are explored in papers presented at this annual, international event.

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