Friday, July 07, 2006

BSLW Newsletter

I've been getting the newsletter from Backstage Library Works (BSLW) via e-mail. I don't know if other digitization service providers do newsletters regularly, but a newsletter is a great way of getting your point of view "out there." no matter who you are (including a digitizationproject itself). BSLW's latest newsletter is online and contains a brief article on a project they have done for Hamilton College here in New York State. That article not only demonstrates BSLW's capabilities, but give the project broader exposure -- a definite "win" for the project.

Sadly, I can't find an archive of back newsletters on the BSLW web site. It would be interesting read about other projects they have done and any tidbits they have given. Yes, of course, the articles are meant to put BSLW in a positive light (you'd do the same), but -- for me -- they help to show who are doing digitization projects, what types of materials are being digitized, etc. And newsletters help us get comfortable with a group (company) and back issues help us to understand the group's history. So, if you are producing a newsletter, please make the back issues available online. Those who are interested in you will be glad that you did.

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