Several factors determine selection of items included in Worthington Memory:
- Preservation Considerations - Preservation of the originals is a primary concern. Providing digital surrogates substantially reduces the use of the originals, which aids in preventing damage from handling. However, materials that would be put at risk in the digitization process are avoided.
- Potential for Digitization - The characteristics of originals is an important consideration. Informational content of the original must be adequately captured in digital form. Document attributes such as the level of contrast and physical composition are important. For example, single-sheet paper materials and photographs with high contrast scan well.
- Historical Significance and Value - A factor in the selection of materials for inclusion in Worthington Memory is their historic significance and informational value. Worthington Memory strives to present a well-rounded and inclusive collection of local history materials, spanning from pre-settlement to the present. Providing remote access to digital reproductions of historically significant and valuable materials serves as a preventive preservation measure, while providing security by reducing the handling of originals.
- Ownership - Ownership of the original is an important criterion in selection. Property rights must belong to the organization or individual that submits the item in question. Copyright restrictions may prohibit inclusion of materials in Worthington Memory. Worthington Memory provides access to materials for the purpose of education and research. In the interest of protecting rights of contributors, fair use statements are provided and displayed in the records for all items in Worthington Memory.
Conservation Treatment and Preservation
Preservation of local history materials is a priority. Staff and volunteers trained in sound conservation methods will repair damaged documents and transfer them to archival-quality housings. Basic conservation procedures include removal of metal paper clips and staples, paper flattening, gently cleaning documents and repairs of small tears.
Remote access to materials via the Internet will also make heavily used, non-circulating materials more accessible and will reduce the amount of physical handling they would normally endure.
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