[Date Prev][Date Next][Thread Prev][Thread Next][Date Index][Thread Index]
[BKARTS] Some Results from the International Survey of Library & Musuem Digitization Projects
Primary Research Group has published: The International Survey of
Library & Museum Digitization Projects, ISBN 1-57440-105-X. The study
presents data from more than 100 library & museum digitization programs
from academic, public and special libraries and museums in the United
States, Canada, Australia, Italy, the UK and other countries. The mean
annual budget for the digitization projects that contributed to the
sample was $122,408, with a range from $0 to $1.963 million. The
reports presents data on sources of funding, the outlook for raising
money for additional projects, collaboration within and outside of
institutions, staffing of digitization projects, spending on hardware
and software, practices on rights, permissions and copyright clearance,
outsourcing, staff training, impact of digitization on preservation
mediums, cataloging issues, marketing of digitization projects and
other aspects of library and museum digitization project management.
Data is broken out by size and type of digitization project and by size
and type of institution. Data is presented separately for text,
photograph, audio, and film/video intensive projects.
Just of few of the report’s many findings are that:
More than 60% of the funding for the projects in the sample is derived
from the library budget itself. For U.S. libraries, close to 64% of
funds for digitization projects comes from the library budget.
A shade more than 20% of the organizat
ions in the sample believe that
the outlook for raising money for digitization projects from outside
sources is not favorable, while more than 43% characterize it as “not
too bad,” more than 32% call it “pretty good” and more than 4%
characterize it as excellent.
More than 53% of the organizations in the sample have teamed up with
department or faculty of the organization to work jointly on a
The institutions in the sample had a mean of 4.43 individuals who spent
at least part of their working day on digitization projects, with a
maximum of 20.
The organizations in the sample spent a mean of $21,839 on equipment to
duplicate, record, photograph, scan or transform content of any kind
into digital formats. Median spending was only $3,000 and the range
The mean number of hours spent obtaining rights permissions or
copyright clearance of the organizations in the sample was 221.04.
Nearly 49% of the organizations in the sample outsource some form of
digitization, in whole or in part, to an outside party. Museums were
more likely than other organizations to do this kind of outsourcing;
more than 61% of the museums in the sample outsource some form of
digitization to an outside party. Projects that were
photograph-intensive were also more likely to describe themselves as
being deficient in mastering digitization skills; more=2
0than 31% of the
organizations in this category said they had a great deal to learn,
while another 25% said that they had gotten better but still had a long
way to go.
More than 61% of the organizations in the sample had some form of
management software. 52% had their own in-house system, while another
9.2% share a system with other departments or divisions of their
44.68% of the organizations in the sample said that digitization had
had no impact on their use of microfilming or other preservation
The mean percentage of total labor time required for digitization
projects that is accounted for by cataloging and metadata tasks is
about 37%, with a range of zero to 85%.
Only 8.16% of the organizations in the sample had completely outsourced
a digitization project to another organization such as a major museum
or university that specializes in such projects.
17.7% of the organizations in the sample license or rent use of any
aspect of their digital collection to outside parties.
For further information view our website at www.PrimaryResearch.com.
Primary Research Group, Inc.
NOW ONLINE, The Bonefolder, Vol. 4, No. 2, 2008 at
For all your subscription questions, go to the
Book_Arts-L FAQ and Archive.
See <http://www.philobiblon.com> for full information.