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Digital Initiative Program Plan

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Executive Summary
The Digitization Program Plan for the Southeastern Region of New York represents the collaborative efforts of the cultural heritage institutions of the southeastern NY region:

  • public, academic, school and special library community,
  • government and other archival repositories, and
  • historical museums.
The intent is to create a roadmap that will result in digital access to historic and unique collections owned by these cultural heritage institutions. A Regional Digitization Advisory Task Force was created, pulling together library, museum and archive professionals to work cooperatively to develop a coordinated regional strategy, the results of which are stated in the Plan.

The Task Force identified the following major areas of focus from which goals were developed that, when achieved, will result in the Task Force’s vision of improved access to unique and special collections that are owned by the cultural heritage institutions of the Southeastern region.

  • Organizational Infrastructure
    Create a cross-organizational steering committee comprised of representatives from seven to nine key institutions in the region to guide the implementation initiatives for this regional digital effort.
  • Collection Selection Criteria
    Establish selection criteria and identify target collections to be digitized by cultural heritage institutions within the southeastern New York region
  • Standards
    Agree upon and adopt standards for metadata and scanning that will facilitate collaborative digitization
  • Legal Issues
    Identify the legal issues relating to digitizing collections and develop an awareness strategy to educate the staff of the regional cultural heritage institutions that are contemplating digitizing a collection
  • Accessible Collections
    Create a regional collection of digital objects, contributed by cultural heritage institutions within the southeastern New York region, which is open, distributed, and easily accessible by the public.
  • Training
    Provide training and consulting opportunities, focusing on the digitizing of materials and managing digital projects, for staff of the cultural heritage institutions
To complement the Plan, a separate report was generated, “Opportunities, Challenges, and Priorities: Developing a Collaborative Digitization Plan for the Mid-Hudson Valley,” which outlines the present status of digitization in the region.

This planning initiative, administered through the Southeastern New York Library Resources Council, was funded through Federal Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) moneys, awarded to the New York State Library by the Federal Institute of Museum and Library Services.