The term "digitization" covers many activities including project management, copyright clearance, conversion, and digital preservation. Converting paper-based and analogue materials to digital formats ensures broader access to those items. The activity requires adherence to standards, guidelines and best practices. Mass digitization programs (e.g., Google) have focused many people on the activity of conversion and the ability to do it effectively and efficiently. However, numerous institutions have still not begun digitization programs and some, who have begun, are using conversion processes that are not best-in-class. This presentation will focus on the history of conversion, its current state, and the impact of DIY (do-it-yourself).
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