Rich Collections, Scarce Resources: Conundrum of Digital Curation in the Caribbean

Paulette Angela Kerr


DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.15291/libellarium.v9i2.285

Abstract


Digital archiving presents a ready solution to the problem of hidden special collections. The availability of information and communication technology solutions provide libraries, archives and museums with a way forward. However, cost constraints present a real challenge to institutions, especially in the developing world where digitization projects must compete for scarce resources with many other pressing services. In the competition for resources special collections sometimes play second fiddle to immediate services, for example user facilities.
The Library of the University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona, faced with limited and declining financial resources, yet recognizing the value of its growing but hidden special collections especially to scholarship at the university, as well as to the cultural and historical significance of the Caribbean region, sought cost-effective and innovative solutions to address the situation and to go ‘global’ with these collections.
This paper uses a case study approach and details the strategies employed by a Team at the University of the West Indies, Mona Library, including the acquisition of equipment, selection of collections to be included, digitization of thirty collections of varied formats as well as deliberate collaborative initiatives at training of staff to ensure sustainability. It discusses challenges in the ongoing process, and complications alluded to by Prochaska (2009) especially those of legal issues, politics, ownership, and values involved in stewardship of the collections. The paper posits solutions against a background of scarce resources as well as opportunities for far reaching and effective services.

Keywords


Digitization;Special Collections; University of the West Indies Mona; Digital Curation; Hidden Collections

Full Text:

PDF EPUB HTML

References


Chan, Donna and Ethel Austin. 2002. “Organizational Policies to advance Librarians’ Learning: Implications from the Survey of Professional Development of Reference Librarians in Public Libraries in Ontario.” Proceedings of the Annual Conference of CAIS: 104-115.

Daigle, Bradley. 2012. “The Digital Transformation of Special Collections”. Journal of Library Administration. 52: 244-264.

Erway, Ricky. 2007. Archives in the digital age. file:///C:/Users/charm/Downloads/_6__Erway_1_.formatted_-_LG_Edit.pdf.

Erway, Ricky. 2012. “Increasing Access to Special Collections”. Liber Quarterly. 21(2): 294-307. https://www.liberquarterly.eu/articles/10.18352/lq.8026/

Green, Harriett E and Angela Courteney. 2015. “Beyond the Scanned Image: A Needs Assessment of Scholarly Users of Digital Collections”. College and Research Libraries. 76(5): 690-707.

Harris, Valerie and Peter Hepburn. 2013. “Trends in Image Use by Historians and Implications for Librarians and Archivists.” College and Research Libraries. 74(3): 272-287 http://crl.acrl.org/content/74/3/272

Kerr-Campbell, Maureen. 2009. “Re: Attachment for Cedric Palmer”. Message to Laurie Taylor, et al. 31. Aug. 2009. Email. -Campbell, Maureen and Frances Salmon. 2013.

Kerr-Campbell Maureen and Frances Salmon. 2013. “Constitution and Enrichment of the Cousins Hereward Postcard Collection at The University of the West Indies Mona Library: Lessons Learned.” Journal of Electronic Resources Librarianship, 25(3): 192-200.

Kim, Jeonghyun, Edward Warga, and William E. Moen. 2013.” Competencies required for digital curation: an analysis of job advertisements”. The International Journal of Digital Curation. 8 (1): 66-83.

Long, Chris E. and Rachel Applegate. 2008. “Bridging the Gap in a Digital Library Continuing Education: How librarians who were not “Born Digital” are keeping up”.

Library Administration and Management. 22 (4): 172-182. file:///C:/Users/charm/Downloads/1744-7408-1-PB.pdf

McDonald, Archibald. 2016. Presentation. Town Hall Meeting, The University of the West Indies. Kingston.

Navarro, Alee. 2015. “Digital Preservation is Important, so Why aren’t more People/Institutions doing it?” ALA Connect. http://connect.ala.org/node/245738

Obeidat, Othman and Paul Genoni. 2010. “Assessing the Digital Divide in a Jordanian Academic Library”. Library Review. (59(6): 384-400. http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/00242531011053913

Palmer, Cedric. (2009). Report on One Week Attachment to the University of Florida Digitization Centre, November 1 – 7, 2009. Unpublished.

Prochaska, Alice. 2009. “Digital Special Collections: The Big Picture”. RBM: A Journal of Rare Books Manuscripts and Cultural Heritage. 10(1) 13-24. http://rbm.acrl.org/content/10/1/13.extract#

Salmon, Frances and Maureen Kerr-Campbell. 2015. Capacity building through continuing education: The case of The University of the West Indies Mona Library. Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the Association of Caribbean University, Research and Institutional Libraries, Paramaribo.

Shepherd, Eileen. (2010). In-Service training for academic librarians: A pilot programme for staff. The Electronic Library. 28 (4), 507-524. /doi/pdfplus/10.1108/02640471011065346

Taylor, Laurie. (2009). “Re: Acceptance for attachment for Cedric Palmer”. Message to Maureen Kerr-Campbell. 3 Sept. 2009. Email.

The University of the West Indies. 2004. Rules for Academic Staff, Senior Administrative Staff and Professional Staff. Kingston: The UWI. http://www.uwi.edu/staff/other_docs/bluebooknov05.pdf

The University of the West Indies Mona. 2007. Strategic Plan 2007-2012. Kingston: The UWI. https://www.mona.uwi.edu/opair/strategicplan/UWI+Strategic+Plan+2012-2017+(Final).pdf




DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.15291/libellarium.v9i2.285

Article Metrics

Metrics Loading ...

Metrics powered by PLOS ALM

Refbacks

  • There are currently no refbacks.
X




Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.

Libellarium (Online). ISSN 1846-9213 © 2008

ERIH PLUS
doaj.png



Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.