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Building a Digital Repository Program with Limited Resources by Abby Clobridge

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Strategic planning

The vision for a digital program

Since the mid-2000s, digital library projects have moved from being strictly the domain of large, research libraries to being integrated into academic libraries of all shapes, sizes, and budgets. What was once the domain of researchers and computer scientists is now being seen as a core function of many academic libraries. With shrinking budgets and the Googlization of the information landscape, digital repository work is becoming more central to libraries, not less.

The trick is to build a program in a meaningful way, one that directly serves the needs of your institution’s core constituents while also being respectful of budgets and resources. I highly recommend investing a significant ...

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