Date: December 2014
Author: Christopher Pressler
The question ‘why digitise’ is the real strategic one, rather than ‘how would we digitise.’ For our libraries to digitise (and by that we mean become full digital entities, not only sponsors of specific projects), our universities also need to share that vision. One of the myths surrounding the word digitisation is that it is an activity associated with the humanities. To digitise no longer solely means photographing historic materials. To digitise now has meaning for all parts of the library and the university it serves, just as it now means something different to almost all other sectors in the contemporary workplace – the word digitise could be said now to mean ‘acting in the digital age’.