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Appraising our Digital Investment: Sustainability of Digitized Special Collections in ARL Libraries

While many research libraries have begun to digitize their collections and share best practices around the steps required to create digital content, much less is known about what happens post-launch. Building on previous research by Ithaka S+R that defined key aspects of sustainable digital content, Appraising our Digital Investment: Sustainability of Digitized Special Collections in ARL Libraries offers a first look at the practices, attitudes, costs, and revenues associated with caring for digitized special collections. The report shares results from a survey conducted on the sustainability of digitized special collections at ARL member institutions.

pdf digitizing-special-collections-report-21feb13.pdf

 
 

LibValue Webcast on Digitized Special Collections: Video Online

LibValue: Digitized Special Collections (video on YouTube)The video of the webcast “LibValue: Digitized Special Collections” presented on August 15 is now available on ARL's YouTube channel. This webcast describes how contingent valuation and Google Analytics can be used to measure the value of digitized special collections. The presenters are Ken Wise, associate professor, University of Tennessee Libraries; Gayle Baker, professor and electronic resources coordinator, University of Tennessee Libraries; and Martha Kyrillidou, senior director of statistics and service quality programs, ARL. Webcast slides (PDF) are also available for download. 

 
 

Collection Conservation Treatment: A Resource Manual for Program Development and Conservation Technician Training

Compiled by Maralyn Jones • 1993 • ISBN 0-615-00357-5 • 452 pp.

The manual includes instructions for more than 100 collection conservation treatments (many illustrated); floor plans and furnishing/equipment lists; flow charts and decision trees; a bibliography of core readings on collection conservation; and the final report from "Training the Trainers: A Conference on Training in Collection Conservation."

Print copies are available for $45.00 plus shipping & handling.

 
 

Preservation Planning Program: An Assisted Self-Study Manual for Libraries

Pamela Darling; revised by Jan Merrill-Oldham and Jutta Reed-Scott • 1993 • ISBN 0-918006-69-4 • 138pp.

This revised edition provides a well-tested methodology for comprehensive preservation planning and aims to assist libraries with their efforts to establish or augment local preservation programs. The manual brings together a variety of checklists, outlines, and samples to help guide program development.

Print copies are available for $45.00 plus shipping & handling.

 
 

Sound Savings: Preserving Audio Collections

Edited by Judith Matz • 2004 • ISBN 1-59407-663-4 • 158pp.

In July 2003, many of the key stakeholders in audiovisual preservation met at the University of Texas at Austin to share their experiences and discuss the challenges ahead, specifically in the area of preserving sound recordings. The program featured talks by experts on topics ranging from assessing the preservation needs of audio collections to creating, preserving, and making publicly available digitally reformatted audio recordings. Conference attendees--critical stakeholders of the future of audio preservation--articulated seven areas for future action to move the field effectively forward. In this publication, ARL presents the symposium papers and these recommendations for future action.

pdf sound-savings.pdf

Print copies are also available for $45.00 plus shipping & handling.

 
 

Digital Image Collections and Services, SPEC Kit 335, Published by ARL

ARL has published Digital Image Collections and Services, SPEC Kit 335, which examines how research libraries and their parent institutions have responded to the transition from analog to digital images and the growth of digital images available from commercial vendors and/or created within institutions or their libraries. The survey gathers information about current practices relating to the development and management of institutional digital image collections and the acquisition and use of licensed image databases.

 
 

Celebrating Research: Rare and Special Collections from the Membership of the Association of Research Libraries

Philip N. Cronenwett, Kevin Osborn, Samuel A. Streit, eds. • 2007 • ISBN 978-1-59407-769-2 • 312 pp., 402 illus., index

This compendium includes 118 special collection profiles, each from a different ARL member library. Each profile is illustrated with color photographs and tells a story of a single collection, recounting how the resources were acquired and developed. Also included is an introductory essay by British rare book expert Nicolas Barker and an appendix that provides a broad description of each library's special collection holdings and pertinent contact information. The book contains a detailed index; the companion Web site provides a search engine.

Print copies are also available for $135 ($115 ARL members) plus shipping & handling.

 
 

Preservation Program Models: A Study Project and Report

Jan Merrill-Oldham, Carolyn Clark Morrow, and Mark Roosa • 1991 • ISBN 0-918006-20-1 • 54pp.

This publication discusses 10 components of a comprehensive preservation program and describes four levels of program maturity, with benchmarks for personnel, production, and budgets.

Print copies are available for purchase for $45.00 plus shipping & handling.

 
 

Preservation Planning Program Resource Guides

1993 • Print copies are available for $15/each or $80/set plus shipping & handling.

Each of the seven resource guides in this set provide comprehensive, easy-to-use information relating to a major component of effective preservation programs. These guides offer a conceptual framework to facilitate preservation decision-making within a specific area and help libraries to assess current practices. Bibliographies of additional preservation literature are included in each issue.

  • Collections Conservation
    Robert DeCandido • ISBN 0-918006-67-8 • 134pp.
  • Collection Maintenance and Improvement
    Sherry Byrne • ISBN 0-918006-66-X • 98pp.
  • Disaster Preparedness
    Constance Brooks • ISBN 0-918006-65-1 • 184pp.
  • Managing a Library Binding Program
    Jan Merrill-Oldham • ISBN 0-918006-68-6 • 159pp.
  • Options for Replacing and Reformatting Deteriorated Materials
    Jennifer Banks • ISBN 0-918006-65-1 • 51pp.
  • Organizing Preservation Activities
    Michele Cloonan • ISBN 0-918006-66-X • 98pp.
  • Staff Training and User Awareness in Preservation Management
    Wesley Boomgaarden • ISBN 0-918006-64-3 • 89 pp.
 
 

Library Print Preservation: An Administrative Briefing

George J. Soete with Janice Mohlhenrich Lathrop • 2003 • ISBN 0-918006-99-6 • 29 pp.

This publication responds to a need articulated by ARL library directors for a brief non-technical survey of preservation, preservation methods--their appropriate uses, advantages, and disadvantages--and preservation costs. It is intended to provide an overview and to help library administrators in their local planning for preservation and in their communication with preservation specialists.

pdf library-print-preservation.pdf

Print copies are also available for $15.00 plus shipping & handling.

 
 
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