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<p>The Cultural Assessment group drafted a selection workflow framework that is articulated in broad strokes to be used across many types of institutions, e.g., academic libraries, museums, historical societies. The workflow outlines areas of potential cultural friction in the selection process and creates a supporting bibliography (using the group's <a href="https://osf.io/94pgj/" rel="nofollow">2016 annotated bibliography</a> for reference). </p> <p>This draft framework document has two purposes:</p> <ol> <li> <p>To inform the Internet Archive’s book selection process for its <a href="http://openlibraries.online/" rel="nofollow">Open Libraries Initiative</a>.</p> </li> <li> <p>To serve as a resource on best practices for Digital Library Federation member institutions and the broader digital library community. </p> </li> </ol> <p>The framework aims to define parts of a digital collection selection workflow for public cultural heritage and academic institutions, in alignment with the mission of the DLF Cultural Assessment working group.</p> <p>Part of the framework included an open survey requesting digital selection workflows (graphic and text description) from information institutions. The number of responding institutions was small (13 total), but substantive results were obtained. The group plans to expand the breadth and scope of the survey in 2018.</p> <p><strong>Open Survey Results</strong></p> <ol> <li>Selection and digitization decisions in responding institutions are made by a mix of donors or internal library staff, not by designated selection committees.</li> <li>The majority of responding institutions are not relying on codified, published policies that govern selection of cultural materials.</li> <li>A majority of responding institutions prioritize decisions based on staff or space capacity, not on collecting priority. Most consider the institution’s collection strengths and importance of the materials prior to accepting new materials.</li> <li>A majority of respondents indicate that selection and digitization decisions are made by individuals, not by appointed committees.</li> <li>Selection for digitization is prioritized by appraised value, fragility or rarity of materials, and materials that are already part of the institution’s collections. </li> <li>Most responding institutions are not actively seeking new materials. </li> <li>Collection agendas are dictated by collection development policies that reflect physical collections and do not stand on their own as born-digital or digital-only collection policies.</li> </ol> <p>See the <a href="https://osf.io/r78ha/files/" rel="nofollow">Wiki files</a> for detailed documentation.</p>
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