Digitizing your library is more than just providing ubiquitous access to your users! It also allows for more efficient library database creation. The Detroit News is digitizing all of its archival material and 2,000,000 index cards from 1900 – 2000. Having the index cards digitized greatly increases both the library staff’s and the users’ accessibility to news stories and microfilm. A Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter says, “Without the index cards, it’s nearly impossible to compile the body of any reporter’s work or find… old clips…. All you need are the coordinates of any story on the index cards to quickly find it on microfilm.” Some of the library’s staff, including the state archivist, have stated that making the index cards accessible to the public, online, is one of the best benefits to users.
James Madison University is also utilizing digitizing to facilitate their digital library database creation! Their school newspaper, The Breeze, has been in print since Dec. 2, 1922. The leader of the digitization project has stated that, by digitizing all publications of the newspaper, the research process is significantly streamlined via a keyword search on JMU’s Scholarly Commons software. This new digital library database will be accessible to simultaneous students and researchers, and greatly improve research search times in comparison to physical publication searches.
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