ATG Book of the Week: Digital Curation Projects Made Easy: A Step-by-Step Guide for Libraries, Archives, and Museums (LITA Guides)

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Title: Digital Curation Projects Made Easy: A Step-by-Step Guide for Libraries, Archives, and Museums (LITA Guides) 
Author; Carmen Cowick
Hardcover: 978-1538103500, $78; Paperback: 978-1538103517, $35; eBook: 978-1-5381-0352-4, $33.50
Imprint: Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 2018


Digital Curation Projects Made Easy: A Step-By-Step Guide for Libraries, Archives, and Museums outlines simple steps for accomplishing practical digitization and digital preservation projects for those with little experience, time, and/or resources. Following a general introduction, instructions for completing these commonplace digital curation projects are covered:

Photograph collections
Newspaper collection
Rare books
Art Collections
Oral Histories

Digital curation does not need to be reserved for big budgets or world-famous collections. In fact, a large part of digitization and digital preservation consists of practical projects that are done every day without much fanfare in libraries and archives around the world.




Overall, the book serves as an informative introduction to digital curation and should ably guide information professionals at institutions with both emergent and established digital collections programs. The real strength of the book is its emphasis on digital curation as an ongoing effort that needs to be integrated into organizational policies, procedures, and workflows—not just one-off projects to make some old photographs available online. The book offers plenty of help to jump-start information professionals new to digital curation.
Archival Issues


This guide offers practical information and tips for heritage institutions interested in preserving and providing digital access to their historic treasures. In addition to basic information about digitization, digital presentation, and curation, Cowick (a preservationist at Preserve This) explains fundamental concepts and presents advantages of digitizing.

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