From the Digitization Policy Task Force of ALA's Office for Information Technology Policy come the Draft Principles for Digitized Content
. The Digitization Principles Blog states in the introduction:
The accelerating mass digitization of collections in libraries and cultural heritage institutions demands a framework of principles and a body of policy to guide decision making and to enable values-driven choices. The principles for the digitization of content will provoke a review of American Library Association policies that address the creation, access, use and preservation of digital materials and that require revision, enhancement and creation.
The principles start off with the clear mandate that traditional library values apply to digital libraries. It continues with principles addressing the need for communication, collaboration, standards, and sustainability. There is also a principle highlighting the international and global reach of digital libraries.
Digital libraries ARE libraries. The policies of the Association apply fully to digital libraries including the core values such as commitment to access, confidentiality/privacy, the public good, and professionalism.
Digital collections increasingly address an international audience. These collections are part of a global information infrastructure that is not limited by geography.
Digital collections are developed and sustained by an educated workforce. Members of the cultural heritage professions must engage in continuous learning and be able to explore new technology, to work with new partners, and to reach new audiences.
It is exciting to see ALA put forth a document for community discussion and revision. Provided is an online area for comments and participation. These discussions are integral to the development of individual digitization programs and for the development of broader library and information policy.