A Balancing Act: Archives in the Digital World Laura Carroll Emory University November 1, 2007
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.
How does this affect arrangement and description activities?
And how can archivists participate in this transition?
Breaking down barriers that inhibit discovery, access and user satisfaction
Protecting the integrity and authenticity of the material
Preserving theoretical foundations of our profession (provenance, original order)
A Balancing Act
Polar Bear Expedition Digital Collections: http://polarbears.si.umich.edu/index.pl?node_id=272&lastnode_id=17117
Can Our Tools and Processes Deliver?
Do our users understand the terminology we use? Do they know what a finding aid is?
Are we digitizing the most popular collections? Are we digitizing those collections in a way that best serves our users?
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?