Digitizing Special Collections

Libraries with special collections struggle to make their vast holdings of rare and unique materials discoverable and accessible in an era of increasing expectations that content will be available online. Institutions with vast unique holdings are challenged, however, to find ways to address selection, costs, copyright and other issues related to digitization.

To help address issues around making special collections digitally accessible, OCLC Research has produced a number of reports that challenge the library and archival community to reexamine practices. This body of work, which includes white papers and how-to guides that detail best practices, helps practitioners and managers make collections more accessible in a digital age.