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Digitizing archival records: benefits and challenges of a large professional accounting association

Keneley, Monica, Potter, Brad, West, Brian, Cobbin, Phillip and Chang, Steven 2016, Digitizing archival records: benefits and challenges of a large professional accounting association, Archivaria, vol. 81, Spring, pp. 75-100.

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Title Digitizing archival records: benefits and challenges of a large professional accounting association
Author(s) Keneley, MonicaORCID iD for Keneley, Monica orcid.org/0000-0002-2569-4948
Potter, Brad
West, Brian
Cobbin, Phillip
Chang, Steven
Journal name Archivaria
Volume number 81
Season Spring
Start page 75
End page 100
Total pages 25
Publisher Association of Canadian Archivists
Place of publication Ottawa, Ont.
Publication date 2016
ISSN 0318-6954
Keyword(s) Digization
CPA Australia
Archival Records
Summary With antecedents extending to 1886, CPA Australia is one of the world’s most significant professional accounting associations. Reflective of its long history and widespread influence, the organization holds an extensive and diverse archive that evidences both its own development and the general evolution of accounting and business practices. This article presents a case study of a project to digitize selected aspects of this archive. Informed by perspectives on managing archives in the digital era, the benefits and challenges of digitization are presented. A key benefit was enabling access to digital images while preserving rare and fragile original records and documents. However, challenges arose in prioritizing the items for digitization, and this necessitated the development of a model, taking the form of a decision matrix. The CPA Australia case study will be informative for other organizations seeking to use digitization as a means to overcome the dilemma associated with providing access to archival materials while also ensuring their preservation.
Language eng
Field of Research 150199 Accounting, Auditing and Accountability not elsewhere classified
0807 Library And Information Studies
2102 Curatorial And Related Studies
Socio Economic Objective 890302 Library and Archival Services
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
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