Triennial Digitization Plan

Where
Argentina
When
2020
Who
“Mariano Moreno” National Library (BNMM by its acronym in Spanish)
Describe the main features of the policy/measure: 

Digitize, preserve and disseminate the Library's document national collections.
Cultural domains covered by the policy/measure:
Document Digitization. Document Preservation and Dissemination. Digital Arts. Cultural Industries. Library Science. Design. Editing/ Publishing
The International Fund for Cultural Diversity (IFCD) support the implementation of the policy/measure:
Through the execution of its digitization projects and plans, the BNMM favors compliance with the substantive objectives defined by the IFCD.

As illustration of the progress made in recent years, we can mention the gradual digitization of the most representative collections of files that are part of the national collective mindset and memory, as well as the description of a standardized set of international and domestic processes, criteria and parameters, aimed at supporting and strengthening the systematization and optimization of the digitization process, primarily of the most important collections of our institutional heritage.

On the other hand, a great diversity of users converge in the Library, both in person and remotely, which makes it the appropriate institution for the dissemination of art and culture. This merits a natural and fluid balance between library work and cultural activity, to guarantee the joint promotion of the public interest in reading, free speech, debate and artistic expressions, as well as social awareness about the conservation of the bibliographic and cultural heritage for the future and the need to reaffirm our national and federal identity within the framework of a broad, democratic, inclusive coexistence with equal opportunities for all.

Therefore, the National Library will continue with its activities and services, aiming at continuous improvement, growth and development. Thus it will exponentially expand its digital collection, regardless of the information support platforms used, through the execution of the Digitization of the Library's Bibliographic Collection project. The project will be funded through the Financial Fund for the Development of the Countries of the River Plate Basin (FONPLATA), with a grant that amounts to USD 7,000,000, which will enable the institution to position itself as a technological model for the region.

https://www.fonplata.org/es/proyectos/digitalizacion-del-acervo-de-la- library-nacional-mariano-moreno-buenos-aires-province

What are the results achieved so far through the implementation of the policy/measure?: 

Captured pages or images: 1,034,891.
Edited images: 1,305,821.
Generated digital objects (files in PDF format): 66,380.
Objects uploaded to the institutional catalog and available for consultation by readers: 12,478.

Financial resources allocated to the policy/measure in USD: 

Own budgetary resources - FONPLATA financing (execution underway)

Partner(s) engaged in the implementation of the measure: 
Name of partnerType of entity
“Mariano Moreno” National Library (BNMM)
Public Sector
Has the implementation of the policy/measure been evaluated?: 
YES
If yes, what are the main conclusions/recommendations?: 

The evaluation of this Digitization Plan has been productively successful and has turned into a workflow that organizes the task, through optimization of the document circuit, processes and procedures.

It is worth mentioning that the reengineering carried out have had an immediate impact on data entry, after mandatory inspection by the area of preventive conservation, under the Department of Preservation. Then the documents proceed to the Center for Microfilming and Digitization, based on the selection criteria established in the "BNMM Digitization Policies" file. Capturing the images and editing them make up a strict chain of processes resulting in the end product: digital objects in PDF format.

The final stage of the process that comprises the enhancement of digital documents occurs when the objects are uploaded onto the online catalog in compliance with the current regulations established by our Intellectual Property Law No. 11723.

Despite the operational difficulties caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Digitization Plan continues being implemented as the volume of images captured is large enough. Therefore, the Library's staff has continued editing remotely since March 12, when the Library had to be temporarily closed down.

Goal(s) of UNESCO's 2005 Convention
Cultural Domain(s)
Design
Publishing