May 24, 2022

Highlights From The Survey of Library & Museum Digitization Projects, 2013 Edition

Primary Research Group has released the 2013 ed. of The Survey of Library & Museum Digitization Projects. 

Approximately 80 libraries in the USA, Canada, the UK, Australia, continental Europe, and other countries/regions were surveyed. 

The full text report is fee-based but a few highlights are available at no charge.

Highlights Include:

  • Digitization projects or departments in the sample have a mean annual budget of $105,907 for digitization
  • 37.97 percent of survey participants have an unfavorable outlook for raising money for digitization from sources outside the main institutional budget
  • Digitization spending will increase somewhat to substantially among 45.45 percent of institutions focusing their digitization efforts on film, video and audio recordings
  • Special libraries in the sample have a mean of 6.87 employees doing digitization work of some kind and devote nearly 7,300 hours in staff time to this work annually
  • A mean of 19.23 percent of the physical exhibits staged by survey participants are accompanied by a substantial online exhibit that reproduces a significant portion of or adds to the exhibit in a significant way
  • Organizations or divisions that focus their digitization efforts on text documents have outsourced a mean of 30.7 percent of their digitization, nearly twice as much as those focusing their efforts on photographs
  • 11.11 percent of survey participants share an asset management system with other departments or divisions of their institution

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