Written to address user interaction with digitized materials, this research paper acknowledges the benefits of digitization, but also goes on to highlight how digitization processes corrupt source material, as well as user experience, through the distortion of material and context. Additionally, this paper discusses the role of library and information professionals in guaranteeing that digitization projects result in positive outcomes.  This paper was selected for presentation at the 6th International Conference on Qualitative and Quantitative Methods in Libraries to take place in Istanbul in May of 2014.

The Challenge:

  • Users interact with hardcopy originals and digitized copies differently

  • Users need a way to guarantee the highest level of fidelity during interaction with digitized materials


  • In-depth traditional research, covering history of digitization practices to technological specifications

  • Interviews with information professionals in this particular field

  • Informal interviews with users of digitized materials


  • Subject specialists in the field often discount the negative side affects of digitization

  • Materials lose fidelity of color, size, and materiality, and users are unaware of this fact

  • Information professionals are responsible for mitigating this negative effects


  • A research paper detailing the above, as well as options for mitigating the aforementioned negative effects, such as through video tutorials and budgeting for regular software and hardward updgrades

  • A powerpoint presentation for the 6th Annual QQML conference

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