State agencies and archivists alike are looking for ways to connect and help one another as budgets shrink and demands for digital resources grow. This has especially been exacerbated by an increase in digital reference work caused by limited travel and projected decreases in budgets due to a loss of tax revenue accompanying the pandemic and associated economic downturn. The State Library of Ohio (SLO) crafted a survey to get an accurate depiction of the capabilities of Ohio LAM organizations to reformat and share their resources digitally. The data from this survey is not only valuable to SLO but to individuals as well, when making considerations for areas of partnership in meeting increased needs for reformatting in a largely virtual environment. SLO will be able to use the insights it provides to develop statewide programs supporting digitization and digital collections work in the near future while also building long-range framework for the same, while a group of archivists and librarians are creating tools that will help other institutions make informed decisions on the future of their digitization programs as well, in a collaborative environment. This panel will discuss the planning and implementation of the survey, how the survey results are currently and will be used, and lessons learned throughout the process.
How to Cite:
Senese, R. & Carleton, J., (2021) “Taking Stock to Take Action: Using Survey Data to Develop Both Statewide and Local Initiatives for LAMS”, MAC Annual Meeting Presentations 2021(1).