The Case of a Scrapbook Collection that Tripled in Size: The Benefits and Unforeseen Consequences of Digitizing a Hidden Collection

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Keith Gorman, Former Department Head (Creator)
Kathelene McCarty Smith, Assistant Professor and Instruction and Outreach Archivist (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Abstract: This paper will examine the benefits of a cross departmental approach (Special Collections and University Archives, Cataloging, and Digital Projects) to manage a digital project and discuss the practical steps of devising a work plan that encompasses the processing, rehousing, preserving, and digitizing of a collection. This paper will be argue that by incorporating these varied tasks together into one project, accelerates and improves the process of making “hidden collections” more accessible and visible. Along with documenting the benefits of this integrated approach to processing and digitization, this paper will also examine some of the unforeseen benefits of this project from the leveraging of library staff’s expertise in the creation of metadata to the unexpected growth of a collection.

Additional Information

The Primary Source, 31(1)
Language: English
Date: 2012
Archives, Special Collections, Digitization, Preservation

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