Is digitization an important undertaking for libraries, museums, and archives of all sizes? Undeniably.
Should we take steps to ensure our cultural heritage – digital and physical – is properly stored, displayed, and accessed? Without a doubt.
Does either of those facts mean it’s safe to discard a decade’s worth of 19th century American newspapers once they’ve been scanned, as happened with microfilmed newspapers in the 1990s?
If anyone’s reading this post in 3012, do me a favor: look me up and let me know.
Read the Complete Blog Post by Eric Ames, Curator of Digital Collections for Baylor University Libraries