I see four trends as I scan the horizon:
- Digitization is no longer an exceptional activity. While digitization is not a normal activity still for many organizations, it is much more mainstream that is was several years ago. Look around...can you find a workshop on digitization or on scanning? Yes, they still exist, but they are definitely not as prevalent as they were before. Those that haven't jumped on the "digitization train" yet are finding themselves left behind. (I should note that universities are offering courses on digitization, digital libraries, etc., which go into more depth and which are attracting a high number of students. These courses prepare the students for the growing number of digital library positions that are being advertised.)
In the same vein, one thing to notice is that digitization is no longer in the news as it has been. It is no longer that shiny object that captures the media's attention. For a while, Google Book Search kept digitization in the news, but even that story is no longer capturing headlines as the sides work toward an agreement.
- Digital preservation is where most of the action is in terms of conversations, conference sessions, research, etc. This is true because we are a digital society and if we cannot ensure long term access to our digital content, we're doomed. Losing digital content could mean losing the data and information that we need to run our governments, businesses, academic institutions, etc. It could also mean losing our history.
If you are not thinking about how to ensure long-term access to your digital content, please begin thinking about it now. You might even make it a New Year's resolution. (Yes, do jump on the digital preservation bandwagon.)
- Institutional repositories are where many are focusing their energy. Whether it is a repository of preprint material, course material, lab notebooks or other content, many organizations are creating institutional repositories. These repositories include digitized and born digital material that require many of the skills we've been fostering in our digitization programs.
If you haven't heard about a repository in your organization, check to see if one is being built that you don't know about, and then see if you can get involved. If one hasn't been started in your organization, be sure to position yourself so you will be involved in it. They will need your skills.
- Collaboration is still very important. I know that there are some institutions where it is difficult to build external collaborations, but those institutions are rare. If at all possible, reach out and build collaborations with other cultural heritage organizations, schools, and even businesses. Also build internal collaborations whenever possible. Remember that collaborative programs are more successful.
- CIL2010: QR Codes - Relatively short post with introductory information.
- Being Social #13 - Quick Response! - This is from my other blog called eNetworking 101.
- QR codes & libraries by Renata Curty, SU iSchool doctoral student. As part of her teaching practicum with me this fall, Renata developed and presented this lecture on QR codes, which includes links to QR code generators and readers.
That QR code above contains my basic contact information. If you have a camera phone and QR code software (e.g., i-nigma), you should be able to read it and add me to your contacts.
I have three posts that were the most read Digitization 101 blog posts of 2010. Each received an amazing amount of attention:
- Seth Godin and libraries - This was in response to his blog post where he posited that libraries didn't have winning long-term strategies. Really?
- Jill's alternate to the 2014 Beloit College Mindset List - This is my take on what has influenced the mindset of this year's university freshmen.
- What I want LIS students to know - A post full of advice for library and information science (LIS) students.
This blog post may not have received a high number of hits yet, but it is one that I think is worth highlighting:
In September, I began a series called Wayback Wednesday, which I hoped would facilitate me resurrecting worthwhile posts from the Digitization 101 archives. As my fall semester as a professor got busier, my time for blogging grew shorter, and Wayback Wednesday didn't become a weekly feature. I do, however, intend to produce more of them in 2011 and on a more regular - but not weekly basis.
Here's a list of the Wayback Wednesdays to date:
- Wayback Wednesday: 5 interesting blog posts worth remembering from the Digitization 101 archives
- Wayback Wednesday: Blog posts on digital libraries worth remembering from the Digitization 101 archives
- Wayback Wednesday: Remembering blog posts on digitization resources in the Digitization 101 archives
- Wayback Wednesday: Copyright blog posts from the Digitization 101 archives
- Wayback Wednesday: Metadata blog posts from the Digitization 101 archives
Two things from my very full plate that I want to highlight are:
- SLA elections results, my past & your future - By the way, my term as a member of the Special Libraries Association Board of Directors begins in just a few days!
- Jill interviewed on Another DAM Podcast - Henrik de Gyor interviewed me this fall for his DAM (Digital Asset Management) Podcast. The wonderful side benefit was meeting - via Skype - someone whom I knew virtually.
By the way, you can use your favorite Internet search engine to search this site (e.g, site:hurstassociates.blogspot.com plus whatever terms are relevant to you).
That's it until 2011! Wherever you are, I hope that 2010 is ending on a positive note. I know that some of you have been adversely affected by budget cuts, unusual weather, and personal/family hardships. Ending 2010 on a positive note may just been that you have survived the year. If that is true, do take a moment to look ahead to 2011 as a new year and a fresh start. Remember that you have friends and colleagues that are their to listen, to help, and to send positive energy your way.
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