K. Matthew Dames & Jill Hurst-Wahl on Digitization at SLA Annual Meeting

This post provides supplementary material to a workshop led by K. Matthew Dames and Jill Hurst-Wahl.

The workshop, the “Digitization Essentials Workshop,” will thoroughly discuss the management of digitization programs. The workshop is being offered as part of the 2006 SLA Annual Conference in Baltimore, MD. The two-day workshop takes place on June 10-11, 2006.

K. Matthew Dames is editor of CopyCense, an online journal that reports on digital media. Jill Hurst-Wahl is the president of Hurst Associates, Ltd. and the editor of Digitization 101. Interested participants can register online or at the conference site.

If you are interested in starting a digitization program, or arranging for a strategy session with either Mr. Dames or Ms. Hurst-Wahl, please contact them at


Digitization is much more than converting a physical or analog object into its digital equivalent: it is about efficiently repurposing crucial information resources to improve an organization’s retention and use of business intelligence. Yet most digitization projects are doomed from the start because the focus is on the conversion process instead of other, critical pre-scanning issues such as selection criteria, preservation of original documents, metadata creation, software and hardware concerns; integration into existing systems; and legal issues.

Participants in this pre-conference workshop will be introduced to some of the critical issues every organization must consider when they approach a digitization project, and will be engaged with on exercises and simulations that discuss and analyze real-world situations. In particular, these two, half-day morning sessions will provide participants with a firm conceptual understanding of the life cycle of a digitization project, which will allow them both to investigate their own projects more critically, and move from working on a single project to creating an ongoing digitization program. The lecturers also will provide an update on the status of the world’s most famous digitization project: the Google Print Library Project.

Slide Presentation

Supplementary Materials: Websites

Supplementary Materials: Articles, Guides & Papers

CopyCense™: The law, business, and technology of digital content. A business venture of Seso Digital LLC.

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06/09/2006 at 09:00

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