New Collections Working Group: Materials that are Acquired Digitally

The Digital Collections Task Force Report (August 2009) highlighted the need for new procedures and infrastructures in the Library to support the building of digital collections. I have charged a working group to focus on content that is delivered digitally, often as an email attachment or download from the Internet (e.g. documents, images, audio/video files).  The charge also includes digital material delivered on a physical device (e.g., CD, DVD, flash drive, external hard drive) where these files are then downloaded to a server. 

The group will propose workflows that cover ordering, licensing, payment, cataloging/metadata creation, preservation and technical standards that we should be using.  An important part of this work will be defining roles and responsibilities and reasonable turnaround times.

Lynne Grigsby will serve as chair, drawing on the expertise of Cheryl Cook, Harrison Dekker, Mary Elings, Gary Handman, Jean McKenzie, and Trina Pundurs.

This is a big project. I’ve asked for an interim report by February 15, 2011.

Best regards, Bernie