Daniel Klein is a history/genealogy librarian at the Jersey City Free Public Library’s New Jersey Room and is a founding member of the Hudson County Genealogical and Historical Society. He has published an article in The Jersey Journal that describes some of the difficulties with digitizing a library’s holdings. He writes:
“Digitizing photos or documents serves two purposes: preservation and access. By making a digital copy, people no longer have to handle and wear out the original. And by placing a digital copy online, more people will have access to the information contained within that document.
“But digitizing material takes a great deal of time and effort. There are a great many logistical problems that need to be addressed in digitizing records. The physical acts of scanning, cropping and color correction all take time. Working with fragile materials that need delicate handling takes time as well.”
You can read the rest of Daniel Klein’s excellent article at http://goo.gl/xlHepg.