Selection Criteria for Digital Projects
Proposed digital projects must demonstrate viability by providing that there are no
impediments that would prevent digitization and must address the significance of the
project, so that projects can be evaluated and prioritized by the Committee.
Please answer YES or NO to the following questions. Comments are voluntary for
any needed further explanation.
Collection Name: ___________________________________________________
In order for materials to be considered for digitization they must meet the following four
1. Duplication of Effort: The project does not duplicate other digital collections, of
comparable quality and openly accessible, available from the University Libraries
or from another institution via the web.
NO, it does not duplicate effort.
YES, it does duplicate effort.
2. Restrictions: The project materials are not subject to restrictions by the donor.
NO, there are not any restrictions.
YES, there are restrictions.
3. Copyright: The project materials are either in public domain or permission has
been obtained from copyright holder, and other uses protected by the Digital
Millennium Copyright Act have been satisfied.
YES, the materials are free of copyright restrictions.
No, the materials are restricted by copyright.
4. Extent and level of resource commitment: The proposing Department or
Library is committed to the digital project. This commitment includes: the support
of the Department head or Library Director; Department or Library direct funding
support or a commitment to seek outside funding support for the project; and a
commitment of staff time for developing and undertaking the project.
YES, the department is aware of the project and fully committed.
NO, the department is not aware of the project or committed.
All digitization project proposals must address the significance of the project to the
University and Libraries missions in terms of one or several following criteria:
1. Programmatic Value: Does the project support current or emerging research or
instruction in one or more specific subject areas or support the academic work of
one or more defined user groups or information communities?
YES, the project does have programmatic value.
NO, the project does not have programmatic value.
2. Accessibility/Added Value: Does the project enhance the value and/or the
preservation of existing collections by making them more accessible, better
integrated, and/or more likely to be used?
YES, the project adds value to the collection.
NO, the project does not add value to the collection.
3. Historical/Cultural Value: Does the project contribute to the holdings of
materials relating to the history and culture of the University, the region, the
nation or international communities?
YES, the project does have historical or cultural value.
NO, the project does not have historical or cultural value.
4. Intrinsic Value: Are the materials rare or of some other self-evident value, that
the project would contribute to the reputation of the University libraries?
YES, the project has intrinsic value.
NO, the project does not have intrinsic value.
5. Collaborative Value: Does the project promote internal collaboration between or
among units of the library, between the library and other University units, and/or
external collaboration with other universities or institutions?
YES, the project promotes collaboration.
NO, the project does not promote collaboration.
6. Developmental Value: Does the project promote a specific developmental or
YES, the project does promote a developmental or stewardship initiative.
NO, the project does not promote a developmental or stewardship initiaitive.
7. Public Service Value: Does the project serve users beyond the immediate
YES, the project will serve users beyond the immediate University community.
NO, the project will not serve users beyond the immediate University
Department Head: ____________________________ Date: _______________