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    • 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.
    • Questions
      • 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
      • http://del.icio.us/lcarro2/EmoryPresentation
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    • 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?
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