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Our adventures in digitization

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A panel presentation prepared for Wisconsin Association of Public Libraries conference 2011. It discusses a public library's transition from early digitization efforts to using ContentDM at Wisconsin Heritage Online. Downloaded version includes speakers notes.

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Our adventures in digitization

  1. 1. Our Adventures in Digitization: McMillan Memorial Library Andy Barnett – abarnett@mcmillanlibrary.org
  2. 2. Law of the Retarding Lead <ul><li>Being in the lead can get in the way of staying in the lead. </li></ul><ul><li>Mid 1990s – McMillan starts digitization project. </li></ul><ul><li>2002 – McMillan wins WLA/Highsmith Award for innovation. </li></ul><ul><li>2010 – McMillan needs to revamp access to its digital content. Moves to ContentDM. </li></ul>
  3. 3. What We Kept <ul><li>Most content OK. </li></ul><ul><li>Descriptions -> metadata. </li></ul><ul><li>Many PDFs. </li></ul><ul><li>Creative Commons license. </li></ul><ul><li>Local focus. </li></ul><ul><li>Selection policy (with nod to Google). </li></ul>
  4. 4. What WHO Gave Us <ul><li>Better access/metadata. </li></ul><ul><li>Better visibility. </li></ul><ul><li>Flexibility to create collections within the collection, both old and new. </li></ul><ul><li>Off-site (they are our cloud). </li></ul><ul><li>Standards. </li></ul><ul><li>content.mpl.org/cdm4/browse.php?CISOROOT=/mcml </li></ul>
  5. 5. What Else Are We Up To? <ul><li>Ledger sized scanner (<$250). </li></ul><ul><li>Microfilm scanner. </li></ul><ul><li>Several copyrighted but fugitive books. </li></ul><ul><li>Early poetry of Wood County. </li></ul><ul><li>Flickr and Google Map mashups . </li></ul><ul><li>POD in our future. </li></ul><ul><li>See us: www.slideshare.net/mcmillanlibrary </li></ul>

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