pub81. Digitization for Scholarly Use: The Boswell Papers Project at The Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
Bouché, Nicole (3/99, 19pp)
This paper reports on the digitization of manuscripts from the Boswell Collection by The Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Yale University. The paper is one of a series that CLIR is publishing in order to explore strategies for integrating digital technology into the management of library print and media collections. In this case, the digitization process was designed to serve a group of scholars already at work on a publication series, and so distinguishes itself from many others by its focus on the scholarly communication process rather than on giving broad access to collections through the Internet.
The paper provides a thoughtful discussion of the many reasons that a special collections library might undertake a digital conversion program, and shares the staff’s insights into how digital technology has found its place in The Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library.
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