Effective use of digital imaging technology for preservation and access represents one of the greatest challenges to libraries and archives in the final years of the century. Five years ago, very few institutions had begun to grapple with this challenge; today, virtually every major academic, research, and teaching institution in North America, the United Kingdom, Europe, and Australia is making use of the technology for preservation or improved access or both. Stunning and rapid shifts in available hardware, software and networking environments force librarians and archivists to constantly renew and upgrade their technical understanding of this brave new world. Despite the continual trend toward technical improvements, managers must sustain responsible oversight of their collections. Staff must approach digital imaging with the same concerns about selection, preparation, and end-product quality that they bring to any reformatting project.
The Research Libraries Group (RLG) and the National Preservation Office (NPO) share a fundamental commitment to assisting the international preservation community in managing digital imaging projects. Further, the two organizations act on behalf of their constituencies to establish uniform best practices and to disseminate widely the results of consensus-based working groups. RLG and NPO joined forces in 1997 to plan a conference in which draft guidelines could be presented and vetted by the individuals most directly involved in producing and applying them.
RLG and NPO are pleased to announce a joint conference to be held 28-30 September 1998 at Scarman House, The University of Warwick. The links below provide a draft programme and registration/booking details.Conference objectives:
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