During my practicum at the WHS I am involved to a limited extent in the selection process of what Civil War pamphlets should be digitized. While previous WHS workers created a list of pamphlets for me to digitize I discovered that some pamphlets on the “to be digitized” list were already digitized by the WHS while other pamphlets had no clear link to Wisconsin’s involvement in the Civil War. Because the selection guidelines for the WHS’ Civil War collection are solely focused on Wisconsin, pamphlets focusing on non-Wisconsin regiments, such as the 6th Maine, are only added if a large portion of the work relates to a Wisconsin regiment or historical figure. Because of the great effort that WHS had already put in the selection process and the guidelines, the number of selection decisions I made were minimal. I know one of the other WHS digital projects team members was in charge of much of the creation of the Civil War project.
A second digitization selection project whose guidelines I followed involved the Cutter collection at Wendt Library. A selection guideline for this collection that I followed is that if a work had 50 or more copies in US libraries and was not in HathiTrust or Googlebooks, I would sent the work to Memorial Library and then Memorial would send the book to Google for digitization. A problem with this simple guideline it that it failed to acknowledge many of the special circumstances under which Google will not be interested in digitization a work. Oversized books are problematic to scan and to my understanding will not be accepted by Google, in addition many of the Cutter books lacked cataloging and therefore would be rejected until metadata for the works was created. This selection guideline was created by one of my Technical Services supervisors.