|10 Reasons for Cultural Heritage Organizations to Participate in NJDH
by Robert Wolk, William Paterson University, Cheng Library
A cornerstone of the NJDH project is the integration of state cultural heritage organizations, including: libraries, archives, museums, historical societies, state agencies and educational institutions. NJDH's collection partners will not only contribute digital collections to the statewide project, but provide educational leadership by bringing classroom teachers together with educators in museums, libraries and other cultural heritage organizations to develop and learn to use NJDH for instruction.
Below are 10 Reasons for Cultural Heritage Organizations to Participate in NJDH:
- NJDH will help cultural heritage organizations realize core institutional missions - such as making collections as accessible as possible for the purpose of educating the general public.
- Having collections available on a state and nationally known website will attract visitors to the museum. NJDH will provide each partner their own "portal" to highlight the individual organization's collections, in addition to representation within the collaborative digital collection.
- By digitizing collections, NJDH collection partners can extend their reach to a world-wide audience.
- Publicizing collections on NJDH will make it easier to attract prospective donors, and benefactors. Showcasing collections will also make them available to private and government agencies that provide grants.
- Digitizing collections creates the opportunity to display little used artifacts or documents infrequently consulted.
- NJDH will make it easier for cultural heritage organizations to view each other's collections. This can stimulate cross-institutional interest for the purpose of collaboration and/or acquisition.
- Digitizing collections is a registraral act. By providing the equipment and technical help, NJDH will give museums the opportunity to photograph and document their collections.
- Each organization that becomes a partner in NJDH enhances opportunities to demonstrate the importance of New Jersey history and the cultural treasures that the state has to offer.
- NJDH will offer student interns and volunteers important opportunities to become part of a state-wide Public History project.
- Participating in NJDH will provide a direct way of communicating with primary, local audiences and partnering with NJ history programs in area schools.
New Jersey cultural heritage organizations are encouraged to participate in the statewide digitization project to promote New Jersey history.