A discussion lead by Jess Weitz of Brooks Memorial Library and Forrest Holzapfel of the Marlboro Historical Society
Small town cultural organizations, such as libraries, museums, and historical societies, are community-anchored institutions that provide access to unique, local information and objects that are unavailable elsewhere. But budget-strapped organizations often do not have the funding, staff time and expertise, or technology to devote to digitizing these collections.
The importance of creating digital collections for small organizations is only increasing. Cultural changes have demanded more user-friendly ways to access information, such as from home or on mobile devices. In addition, social media, digital collaboration and crowdsourcing are now available to help create forums for sharing digital data.