Finding your niche: leveraging limited resources to build a digital program

By reeset / On / In Readex 2006

Mary Molinaro, University of Kentucky


Mary Molinaro discussed how the University of Kentucky Libraries is leveraging existing resources and securing new ones to build a digital program and become a leader in film-to-digital conversion.  Mary makes some very important points, the first one being that institutions must change the vocabulary in how we discuss our digital projects, i.e., that your library must get away from talking about digitization as a project and as a program.  There must be a recognition by the institution that digitization is part of an institutions core library services and allocate resources and staff accordingly.

Project vs. Program

  • Stop thinking about things as projects — but rather as programs (meaning money, infrastructure, etc).

 Mary’s talk centered around how they were able to leverage their participation in the NDIIP newspaper project to secure additional resources for their own inhouse digitization work and lessons that they learned.