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Academic libraries house a variety of primary historical materials in their archives and special collections. Increasingly, archivists and librarians charged with curation have turned to digitization, an effective access tool that addresses institutional constraints while offering worldwide access to collections. In addition, these digital collections can support the teaching and research mission of the university by ensuring the accessibility of the university’s historical materials of enduring value. Moreover, by using existing digital collections as a foundation for digital scholarship and digitizing physical collections in order to enhance their accessibility and visibility, libraries promote their teaching and research mission. Digitization facilitates collaboration with and between interuniversity departments and community organizations. This article addresses: how libraries engage the campus, local, and global community with digital collections or projects; how libraries serve the needs of these communities; and how libraries establish community partnerships and digital collaborations.


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