A central source of expertise in digitisation in the public library sector should be established. There is a real and urgent need for such a resource to identify current standards and best practice and avoid duplication of effort. The core functions of this agency should be:
A.2 Other Operational Roles
The agency could also optionally have an operational role in areas such as:
A.3 Relationship to Other Bodies
B. CATALOGUES & FINDING AIDS
Creating, automating and networking catalogues and finding aids has to be recognised as the priority for many local studies collections, special collections and archives.
There must be substantial new, targeted external funding if any significant volume of work on digitisation of public library special collections of national and international importance, or the building up distributed subject-based digital collections, is to proceed.
D. SELECTION FOR DIGITISATION
The selection of content for digitisation and funding should recognise local public priorities as well as network collection building.
E. LOCAL AND REGIONAL NEWSPAERS
The potential for free-text searching of digitised local and regional newspaper collections should be a research and development priority, to be addressed by NEWSPLAN.
F. RECIPROCAL ACCESS TO DIGITISED COLLECTIONS
Reciprocal arrangements for network access to digitised special collections in public libraries and academic libraries should be explored.
The Library & information Commission should, through European Copyright User Platform (ECUP), seek to address the difficulties in digitising local some studies material created by the EC Directive 93/98/EEC on the Duration of Copyright.
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