Smithsonian E-book Details Digitization Efforts
The Smithsonian Institution released a free 77-page e-book Tuesday concerning one of the institution’s top priorities: digitizing 14 million objects in its massive collections.
In “ Best of Both Worlds: Museums, Libraries, and Archives in a Digital Age ,” G. Wayne Clough, secretary of the Smithsonian, writes that digitization is necessary for the Smithsonian to maintain its national and international footprint. “The book gave us the opportunity to talk with other museums and to give this idea a push,” Clough said in an interview. “I talked with leaders of over 30 museums and libraries, and everyone is struggling with the same issues.”
In the book, Clough highlights the challenges that museums and libraries face, from the high cost of digitizing collections to the speed at which technology changes.
|Smithsonian offers an e-book to detail its digitization efforts
The institution outlines financial and technological hurdles in digitizing 14 million objects in its collections.