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Jill Vassilakos-Long's picture

Digitization Statement

Hello everyone,

Our first task is going to be to review and comment on the six statements that were advanced at the MidWinter meeting. These were disseminated at the FDTF meeting at MidWinter (and I believe that they were also available at most of the other GODORT meetings). I asked people at the meeting to send comments directly to Bernadine Abbott by Feb. 10. I would like to make sure that this Task Force reviews these and sends some comments forward. As you can see, the timeline is tight. I'm putting up the Digitization Statement now, and will follow with the others. 

After that (i.e. post Feb. 10) we have a question about the FDTF frequently used sites libguide: http://www.library.vanderbilt.edu/govdb/fdtf/. I would like to send feedback to Larry Romans by mid-March.

Then I would like us to work (possibly in collaboration with other GODORT committees) on a one page overview of the program, suitable for inclusion in the packets given to legislators at the beginning of the legislative session.

We also have a list of previous projects undertaken by members of our Task Force that I would like us to review and identify the outstanding projects, target a few for action, and then identify resources and strategies to move forward so that those can be worked on at ALA Annual.

Thank you for joining this group!



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Jill Vassilakos-Long's picture

I'm not comfortable with  the last sentence in the Standards section. I don't think that we know enough to set preservation standards. I think that when archivists talk about preservation digitization they are really talking about digitizing to a standard where they could print out something that is as close as possible to a facsimile of the original. In other words, they believe that if the original is lost, they can print out a facsimile (and clearly mark it as such) and put it in their collection so that the public can use it. The other use they make when they combine the ideas of preservation and digitization is that they can allow researchers who are interested in the content more than the artifact itself, to utilize the digital copy, thus supporting the preservation of the original by limiting the amount of handling it receives. I really don't think that most of us are thinking that the electronic copies will outlast the paper, they are more for access. I would prefer it if the last sentence in the Standards section read:

Jacobs and Jacobs have proposed the Digital Surrogate Seal of Approval (DSSOA), a user oriented "vocabulary for describing the quality of a digital object" to identify digital reproductions that are complete, legible, and accurate in order to offer accurate and usable digital surrogates for the purpose of unfettered access to these materials.