When you digitize materials, you are doing so in order to increase access. We often hope that digitization will also lessen handling on some of our hardcopy materials. But if digitization doesn't lessen their handling, why not make hardcopy surrogates from the digital assets?
In the 1990s, digitization was done at a Vatican library of extremely old materials that were still in use. After being digitized, hardcopy surrogates were made that looked exactly like the originals and those surrogates were places on the shelf. The originals were then placed in an archive.
Another library digitized a book and created many hardcopy surrogates that they sold as a fundraiser.
Could you be making hardcopy surrogates from your digital assets? If yes, what would you do with them? What benefits would your institution derive from them? Something to consider...
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