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Capitalizing on (un)limited Potential: Building Digital Collections with a Student Workforce
ACRL RBMS Preconference (2011)
  • Erin Passehl, Western Oregon University

Regardless of size or budget, libraries and archives are being asked to do more with fewer resources. Digitization projects are susceptible to these same demands. One way to make progress in this digital environment with a shoestring budget is by taking advantage of a student workforce. This presentation shares strategies for digitizing collections using undergraduate student labor, including working with students with no prior knowledge or experience with archival materials or digital collections. The presentation will also address managing additional educational requirements for credit-earning interns, appropriate assumptions for timelines and workflows, scheduling dilemmas, student turnovers, and working with an untrained workforce with an average age of twenty.

  • digital collections,
  • students,
  • digitization,
  • budget,
  • turnover
Publication Date
June 22, 2011
Citation Information
Erin Passehl. "Capitalizing on (un)limited Potential: Building Digital Collections with a Student Workforce" ACRL RBMS Preconference (2011)
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