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|Title:||Hardware in libraries: making informed choices|
|Author(s):||Shawn W. Nicholson, (Michigan State University Library, East Lansing, Michigan, USA), Richard Peiffer, (Michigan State University Library, East Lansing, Michigan, USA), John D. Shaw, (Michigan State University Library, East Lansing, Michigan, USA)|
|Citation:||Shawn W. Nicholson, Richard Peiffer, John D. Shaw, (2011) "Hardware in libraries: making informed choices", Library Hi Tech, Vol. 29 Iss: 1, pp.73 - 82|
|Keywords:||Academic libraries, Case studies, Digital libraries|
|Article type:||Case study|
|DOI:||10.1108/07378831111116912 (Permanent URL)|
|Publisher:||Emerald Group Publishing Limited|
Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to report on the selection process for the new scanner and issues with its installation. Production scanning acts as a frame to explain why the new scanner is interesting and how it is being used.
Design/methodology/approach – This paper employs the descriptive case study method. The case is the selection of a planetary digital scanner for a unit within an academic Library in the USA.
Findings – The choice of a capture device is the most important decision a library or archive makes because it determines the maximum quality that can be achieved regardless of the other components of the system. Possessing expertise to parse technical details is a rarefied space.
Practical implications – This paper seeks to help inform the choices of those deciding to purchase new hardware.
Originality/value – This paper provides librarians with a basis on which to assess potential adoption decisions for a large-format scanner and to learn from the experiences of others.
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