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Accessible preservation on a budget: One library’ cost-effective approach to producing and preserving quality digital content
The University of Wisconsin-La Crosse is a mid-sized public academic institution that offers digital collections comprising a wide variety of visual materials as well as audio content, all freely available through the internet. Reaching this point, however, has been a multi-year process requiring significant collaboration, innovation and patience. With an emphasis on the relationship between accessibility and digital preservation, this paper explains the processes involved in creating these digital collections. Furthermore, it demonstrates how smaller institutions with limited resources can still participate in a full and balanced digitisation programme without sacrificing access or preservation.
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David Mindel is the Digital Collections Librarian and Associate Professor at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. His research interests include digitisation with a focus on quality and affordability, image manipulation related to digital image restoration, and the relationship between digital access and digital preservation of cultural heritage materials. He has an MA in library and information studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and has previously worked as a digital conversion specialist at the Library of Congress.