Early industry adopters, academic institutions

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When we look at the advantages we gain by migrating our intellectual properties from the physical paper world to the digital marketplace, it is hard to find better cost savings, return-on-investment, and increased business operational and end-user efficiencies, than those realized by early adopters in academia.

According to the National Center for Educational Statistics, in 2009, there are 6,632 colleges throughout the United States. Each of these academic institutions generate thousands of new curriculum study books, resources, papers and tests each year, in addition to, growing and maintaining private libraries and art collections. An accredited school can have a core collection of 125,000 volumes and up, in a wide spectrum of different media.

Basic standard metadata content categories provided below for media:

T —Text and illustrated printed material including: books, journals, manuscripts, maps, line art, explanatory tables and drawings.
PR — Visual arts and/or pictorial materials including: prints, photographs, drawings and paintings.
PT — Photographic negatives and transparencies.
AR — Specific purpose images produced by reformatting aerial, medical and scientific images, architectural and engineering line drawings and blueprints.
3D — 3-dimensional works of visual art, objects and artifacts located in archives, galleries, and museums

In 2011, an estimated 19.7 million (college) students began their new academic year, creating enormous demand for access to the 816 million books and serial volumes in their libraries, and the 9,221 public libraries, in their communities.

Digital archiving has forever changed the world of education, as we knew it. Millions of books and collections have been converted into digital assets, providing online access, in real-time. Digitization has also allowed us to meet today’s changing needs, by offering virtual online classrooms, universities and learning centers, and have expanded students of every age, including Nola Ochs – who is the world’s oldest college graduate at 95 years old.  

The digitization that has, and is taking place within our 105,338 academic institutions has exponentially increased our educational service offering in America, by providing virtual access to millions of educational materials only available in the traditional physical libraries of our past, to millions, within seconds. We honestly haven’t begun to realize all of the benefits in education yet, as a country, or world even, simply because there are so many, for so many.

LAC-Group Success Story, developing and implementing (ILS) integrated library management with a 4-year college client.

Join me next week as I discuss digitization benefits and standards within government agencies.

“I made use of the college library by borrowing books other than scientific books, such as all of the plays by George Bernard Shaw, the writing of Edgar Allan Poe. The college library helped me to develop a broader aspect on life.” – Linus Pauling, Scientist

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