Digitization in Ontario Public Libraries: A Fresh Look
January 24, 2019
OurDigitalWorld today released a report on the current state of digitization in Ontario public libraries – projects, best practices, capacity, and areas for improvement.
In summer 2018, public libraries were surveyed about their work in the area of digitization, including:
- whether they have archival or special collections,
- what items they hold, how they are digitizing those collections,
- and what feedback they get.
- Three-quarters of Ontario public libraries have special collections
- Almost 60% are currently collecting unique materials – 80% through unsolicited donations
- 89% of collecting libraries take in locally relevant materials of collecting libraries were digitizing when we asked; 26% have never digitized
- 39% of respondents have digitized under 1,000 items; another third have digitized under 10,000 items
- 80% of budgets allocate under $5,000/year for digitization
- 85% said their library allocates less than 0.5 FTE for digitization work
- Most library special collections do not represent women, Indigenous people, people of colour, immigrants, Franco-Ontarians, LGBTQ communities, or other marginalized groups we asked about
- Libraries are interested in training on almost everything: digital preservation, imaging, copyright, multimedia conversion, metadata, grant-writing and fundraising, digital storage and access, and “where to start”
The full report can be downloaded from the Our Digital World website.
(Via Our Digital World)