January 17, 2022

College Press: "Libraries Explore Digitization" (Brown University)

From the Brown Daily Herald:

“To date, Brown has not chosen to systematically digitize (its) collections,” University Librarian Harriette Hemmasi wrote in an email to The Herald. “Rather, we do selective digitization of our collections to support specific teaching and research needs.”


Though Brown has not decided whether to join HathiTrust, it has partnered with other institutions to share both print and digital resources, including many of those made available by the initiative.


Despite the benefits of digitization, there are limitations to having resources available only electronically, said Mimi Dwyer ’13.

“I’d much rather read a book than read it online,” she said. Though she often ends up reading sources electronically due to the limited printing budget the University allocates each student, she said it is hard for her to absorb what she is reading when she is not reading print.

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