Museums and libraries are taking advantage of advances in technology to move their rare and unique collections online. What most institutions learn quickly is that digitization is the easy part. As grant funding rarely covers ongoing operations, the larger challenge is to develop a successful strategy to make sure the digitized collections remain accessible and relevant over time.
The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) and Ithaka S+R are offering a free web seminar that will bring together leaders of seven of the eight cases profiled in the recently published study funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), Searching for Sustainability: Strategies from Eight Digitized Special Collections, to share lessons from their own experience in developing and supporting their digital resources.
In this interactive session, project leaders and team members will discuss the strategies they have employed to build the audience, infrastructure, and funding models necessary to maintain and grow their digital collections for the long term.
The web seminar, scheduled for January 31, 2014, noon–1:15 p.m. EST, will be moderated by Judy Ruttenberg, Program Director for Transforming Research Libraries, ARL, and Nancy Maron, Program Director, Sustainability and Scholarly Communications, Ithaka S+R.