During the semester, my students blogged about digitization programs that they found. They were asked to include specific information in their posts about each program. In some cases, they had to make assumptions, like who the audience was for a program. Yesterday, I spent time gathering information on several regional digitization programs for a presentation I'll be doing for the Board of Regents Committee on Cultural Education, and was surprised at the information that was not available for some programs.
I'd like to encourage you to share more information on your program's background and history. Somewhere on your site, talk about how the program began and when. Talk about the partners and funding sources. And talk about the guidelines or standards used. If possible, even talk about the lessons you have learned. If you have submitted any formal reports, consider placing them online for your constituents and others to read (e.g., New Jersey).
All of this information is useful to those who are learning about digitization. It helps them understand what others have done and how complex (or simple) a program can be. It also helps those who are planning a program, because it gives them some data points and ideas. And for those who are trying to convince stakeholders that such a program is worthwhile, it can provide information to help them make there case. If there is information that is sensitive (e.g., budget), then don't disclose that. In the case of your budget, you might find that you can tell us some things -- give us some useful hints about the cost -- without revealing the entire cost.
Finally, do as some programs have done and include press releases, articles and presentations on your web site. Surely you have some that you've done that could be shared. Don't worry if you think they're not professional enough, they will be just fine and useful to others.
Please -- don't hide your program's background and history. Let it shine...many people will thank you for it.
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