Shared Collection Development, Digitization, and Owned Digital Collections
Published in Collection Management, Volume 44, pp. 131-145 (2019). Georgetown Law Faculty Publications and Other Works. 2133.
36 Pages Posted: 14 Feb 2019 Last revised: 25 Mar 2021
Date Written: February 4, 2019
While library models already exist for sharing physical materials and joint licensing, this paper envisions an aspect of future collections involving a national digital collection owned, not licensed, by libraries. Collaborative collection development, digitization, and digital object management of owned collections can benefit societies in multiple ways, from expanding access to users otherwise unable to reach these materials, to preserving content even when disaster strikes, to reducing duplication of effort and expense in collection or digitization. This article will explore both the benefits of and the challenges to this type of collaboration.
Keywords: collaborative collections, digitization, copyright, preservation
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