In mid-2008, a statewide committee was formed to engage in a comprehensive, Nevada statewide digital planning process. This group consisted of broad membership from the range of Nevada cultural heritage institutions, and was focused on creating a five year digital plan for the state, with an emphasis on collaboration amongst various cultural heritage institutions, increased digitization, and adoption of a digital preservation strategy. This article describes the initial work of the parent committee and two subsequent working groups, funded by the Library Technology and Services Act and aided by outside consultants. Early steps included a comprehensive planning survey and various meetings to understand the capabilities and desires of both primary stakeholders and the community at large. While several challenges not necessarily unique to Nevada arose over the first couple of years, a clear path forward for additional progress has been charted.
Jason Vaughan is Director of Library Technologies at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. He has published extensively on automation, digitization, planning, and policy.
"Toward a Nevada Digital Collaborative,"
Journal of Western Archives:
1, Article 4.
Available at: http://digitalcommons.usu.edu/westernarchives/vol2/iss1/4