Posted by: bluesyemre | November 17, 2015

Digitizing The World’s Libraries Using Smartphones by Kalev Leetaru

960x0

Two weeks ago I spoke at the Internet Archive’s annual Library Leaders Forum, which brings together representatives from the Archive’s partner libraries around the world. The theme of this year’s conference was “building libraries together,” building upon last year’s announcement of a new emphasis on helping communities and libraries work together to archive and digitize society.

Throughout the conference, it was clear that many attendees I spoke with still viewed digitization and archiving as the unique purview of libraries. Librarians talked about outreach initiatives to work with their communities to provide books, music, movies, and other materials for libraries to digitize on their behalf. Yet, at the same time they lamented that they simply didn’t have the staff or resources to digitize even a tiny fraction of material they collected.

What if we crowd sourced the work of digitizing libraries? Instead of libraries relying exclusively on dedicated staff who sit at specialized machines costing tens of thousands of dollars and scanning just a few books a day, what if we empowered ordinary smartphone-wielding citizens around the world into a vast army of volunteer book scanners?

http://www.forbes.com/sites/kalevleetaru/2015/11/08/digitizing-the-worlds-libraries-using-smartphones/


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

Categories

%d bloggers like this: