January 22, 2022

New Publication From ALA: Digitizing Hidden Collections in Public Libraries

From an ALA Announcement:

The Office for Information Technology Policy (OITP) today released the first publication of “OITP Perspectives”– a new publication series created to complement OITP Policy Briefs.

The publication, “Digitizing Hidden Collections in Public Libraries,” was written by Gwen Glazer, staff writer/editor and social media coordinator at Cornell University, who served as the Google Policy Fellow for OITP in summer 2010.

OITP Director Alan Inouye said the purpose of the new series is to provide an outlet for topics that are more specialized than those covered by policy briefs. OITP Perspectives publications will be intended for primary digital release.

“OITP policy briefs are useful for many purposes, but they can require an extended time to develop,” Inouye said.


Glazer’s piece offers an overview of digitization challenges facing small and medium-sized libraries, presents options for large-scale digitization projects, and suggests ways to share newly created digital collections.

“This publication is a significant start to the perspectives series because it delves into an issue that public librarians care deeply about but are not sure how to handle,” Bonnie Tijerina, chair of OITP’s Advisory Committee, said.

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Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.