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Thursday, March 18 • 11:00am - 12:30pm
After the Transition: Planning for Collections Storage & Workspace Changes in the Digital Environment

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Over the last few years, many of us have successfully migrated from a workflow process that handled analog image materials to a new workflow that manages and processes digital images. However, at the same time, we cannot totally discard our traditional collections of slides, black & white photographs, and large-format color transparencies. Instead, there has been discussion about developing vigorous retention, assessment and preservation policies or procedures of culling existing analog materials, assessing their significance to our institutions' missions, preserving and digitizing any unique and hidden content in our collections, and storing them permanently in our image databases or digital asset management systems. Another challenge associated with the process of managing or disposing of these analog materials is space planning for a new or repurposed VR center or image library. We must safeguard any unique and important analog collections, while simultaneously re-engineering our space to adjust to the changing needs and priorities of our patrons. Many of us now confront a pressing need to re-purpose our analog-designed spaces to fit a digital world: areas for digital workstations and technology can end up sharing real estate with our analog collections, contributing to the space planning challenges we face.
In this session, professionals from differing VR environments will discuss how they have met the challenges of culling and re-housing their collections, developing strategic plans to digitize and preserve any unique or hidden content in their collections, and re-purposing their workspaces. There is no single way to address these challenges; instead, we hope that through lively discussion, we can learn from each others' experience and then apply what is relevant at our home institutions. Speakers will emphasize what is practical and reasonable, with an eye to the future.

Thursday March 18, 2010 11:00am - 12:30pm

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