What do you think is the most important thing when the librarians are digitizing their collections?
When creating a digital library collection, consistency within the collection is one of the most important things. This is one of the reasons standards are created, to ensure consistency. Therefore, when beginning a new digital collection it is important to set standards first, especially since each collection or project may require different standards. If you start digitizing your collection without thinking about what formats to save material in, how many copies to keep, and what metadata standard or standards to use, your collection will be a mess and it may create more work for you down the road. It is important to develop standards for your collection before you begin digitizing. Keely talked about how she did this when she started working with the Wisconsin Uprising Archive. She started collaborating with the group about setting up standards for the preservation and presentation of the material. She also explained how it was difficult to keep things consistent, as they were all volunteers with no real library experience. Keeping consistency was one of the reasons she chose to use Dublin Core for audio visual material instead of PB Core. Overall, when starting a collection it is important to first create standards and think about how you want to present and preserve your collection as it will create less work in the end.