Collaborative Librarianship, Vol 1, No 4 (2009)

Volunteer Voices: Tennessee's Collaborative Digitization Program

Tiffani R Conner, Ken Middleton, Melanie Feltner-Reichert, Andy Carter


This article provides an overview of Volunteer Voices, Tennessee’s statewide digitization program. The authors focus on the three-year Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) National Leadership Grant that provided the foundation for future growth of the digitization program. In addition to an overview of the content selection, metadata issues, software selection, digital preservation, and K-12 education emphasis of the grant project, the article includes a detailed description of the work of the digitization and content specialists who selected and scanned items across the state. The article concludes with a look at post-grant efforts to promote the sustainability of Volunteer Voices.

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