I need to catch up on my digital collection resources. I have a few resources to list today. The Archives Association of British Columbia provides an online toolkit for archivers. Intended for small to medium archives, this toolkit provides information on many archival aspects such as policy guidelines, description, standards, database systems, preservation and conservation, appraisal, grants, and ethics. There are sample forms and mailing list suggestions. Though there is some specific information about digitization, I think all the information here could inform a digital archives project.

Has anyone mentioned the Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC) advisory service, Technical Advisory Service for Images (TASI) yet? TASI provides digitization case studies, theoretical and technical papers, as well as planning and problem-solving information. There’s a mailing list here, too. Many topics are covered including: using images in teaching and learning and finding images, managing projects like workflows and staff training, selecting and preparing images, and considering necessary hardware and software.

Emory University has published a collection of essays titled, “Strategies for Sustaining Digital Libraries.” It’s available online (free!), using the Creative Commons, Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 License. Essays are written by “leaders in major digital libraries,” contributing from universities across the U.S. Some of the essays are broad, considering the history of media and organization, technology, economic, and collection sustainability. Some are more specific, looking at sustainability from open access educational digital library and digital repository perspectives. If you are thinking about the ongoing maintenance of a collection, you might take a look at this.

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