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  1. 1. A Balancing Act: Archives in the Digital World Laura Carroll Emory University November 1, 2007
  2. 2. Increasingly, the library and archival world has begun to consider how to participate in a digital environment, offering services to remote researchers, making materials available online, and exploring such innovations as chat and social tagging.
  3. 3. Questions <ul><li>How does this affect arrangement and description activities? </li></ul><ul><li>And how can archivists participate in this transition? </li></ul>
  4. 4. <ul><li>Breaking down barriers that inhibit discovery, access and user satisfaction </li></ul><ul><li>Protecting the integrity and authenticity of the material </li></ul><ul><li>Preserving theoretical foundations of our profession (provenance, original order) </li></ul>A Balancing Act
  5. 5. <ul><li>Polar Bear Expedition Digital Collections: http://polarbears.si.umich.edu/index.pl?node_id=272&lastnode_id=17117 </li></ul><ul><li>http://del.icio.us/lcarro2/EmoryPresentation </li></ul>Example
  6. 6. Can Our Tools and Processes Deliver? <ul><li>Do our users understand the terminology we use? Do they know what a finding aid is? </li></ul><ul><li>Are we digitizing the most popular collections? Are we digitizing those collections in a way that best serves our users? </li></ul><ul><li>Does the way in which we process collections and present that information to our users help or hinder discovery? Do our metadata practices and standards allow for optimal discovery in a digital environment? </li></ul>

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