Ultimately, everything that people are interested in accessing will have tobe digitized. The reason is that digital searching will become so easy,inexpensive, fast and ubiquitous that users will not tolerate, or will notaccess, traditional materials. Capture requires a concerted, shared, worldwideeffort. The cost of digitizing is not trivial, so it makes little sense for anywork to be digitized more than once. Yet without any registry of digitizedworks, many books are digitized multiple times, while others are ignored.

Converting text, images and objects to digital form requires much more thandigital photography or even high-resolution scanning and requires, instead, thefollowing:

Policy issues, discussed below, will determine the resources made availablefor digitization and how they will be allocated.

Published: February 1999; WTECHyper-Librarian