Sustainable Enterprise Strategies for Optimizing Digital Stewardship

Sustainable Enterprise Strategies for Optimizing Digital Stewardship

A Guide for Libraries, Archives, and Museums

Angela I. Fritz


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For most academic libraries, archives and museums, digital content management is increasingly occurring on a holistic enterprise level. As most institutions contemplate an enterprise digital content strategy for a growing number of digitized surrogates and born-digital assets, libraries, archives, and museums understand that these expanding needs can only be met by more flexible approaches offered by a multicomponent digital asset management ecosystem (DAME).

Increasingly, librarians, archivists, and curators are managing an integrated digital ecosystem by coordinating and complementing a number of existing and emerging initiatives. This guide provides a high-level overview and offers a conceptual framework for understanding a digital asset management ecosystem with discussions on digital collection typologies and assessment, planning and prioritization, the importance of a community of practice through associated workflows, and an understanding of the critical role that foresight planning plays in balancing an evolving infrastructure and expanding digital content with creative cost modeling and sustainability strategies.

Borrowing from the principles of data curation, integrative collection building requires an understanding of the library’s “digital ecosystem” of licensed content, digitized material, and born-digital content in order to ensure strategic growth of institutional collections in the context of long-term holistic collection management plans.

Key elements discussed in this book include:

  • the importance of digital collection assessment, analysis, and prioritization,
  • the realignment of accession and appraisal methodologies for efficient digital content acquisition,
  • the need to think holistically relating to tool selection and infrastructure development to ensure interoperability, scalability, and sustainability of a universe of digital assets,
  • the creation of cross-functional workflows in accordance with policies and plans,
  • the importance of advocating for growing resources needed for managing, descriptive, administrative, technical, rights and preservation metadata across the institution, and
  • the significance of distributed digital preservation models with a growing array of associated options for cloud storage.


Angela I. Fritz:

Angela I. Fritz is division administrator for Library, Archives, and Museum Collections (LAMC) at the Wisconsin Historical Society. In this capacity, she provides strategic direction and oversight for museum curation, archives, library administration, public services, collection development, collection management, preservation, conservation and the historical government records program. Prior to her position at the Wisconsin Historical Society, she served as the Head of the University of Notre Dame Archives and the Interim Head of Special Collections and University Archives at the University of Arkansas-Fayetteville. Her previous experience also includes working as an archivist for the Office of Presidential Libraries and Museums in Washington, D.C. where she engaged in presidential library development on behalf of the National Archives and Records Administration. She has a Ph.D in American history and public history from Loyola University-Chicago where she was awarded a Crown Fellowship in the Humanities. And, she holds a master’s degree in library science with a concentration in archival administration from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.