Welcome again! Arriving at this point means that you navigated a range of topics and points of view on digital archives. We hope that this collection helped you to understand better this complex domain. As we stated earlier, this is not a manual which would guide you in what to do. The digital world is very diverse and each institution is looking for the right combination of content, services and engagement with its communities. We wanted to provide an opportunity to explore the different aspects of the domain and to give a taste of some of the tools of the trade. If you were a complete novice in this area, we hope this book gave you a sound overview of the various aspects of digital archives. If you are at an intermediary level, we hope it helped you to build your knowledge further. And if you are an expert in a particular domain, we hope that the breadth of the examples and points of view helped to expand the depth of your knowledge.
We are very conscious that a book which brings multiple points of view is a good way to expand readers’ understanding. You had a chance to walk in the shoes of archivists, digital humanists, lawyers, information scientists, economists and policy researchers. This wealth of perspectives may feel only a starting point in a longer journey and here we would like to point out some additional publications which could help you explore further.
If you developed a particular interest in engagement with digital archives, you might find useful the edited collection Engaging with Records and Archives: histories and theories, edited by Fiorella Foscarini, Heather MacNeil, Bonnie Mak and Gillian Oliver (Facet Publishing, 2016). We were fortunate to have Gillian as one of the contributors to this book (Chapter 8).
You may also check a book which will shortly be available at around the time our book is published: Community Archives, Volume 2, Sustaining Memory, edited by Jeannette A. Bastian and Andrew Flinn (Facet Publishing, forthcoming 2018).
If you feel that you would like to further explore the territory of digital humanities and the role of memory institutions, a valuable source for you would be Developing Digital Scholarship: emerging practices in academic libraries, edited by Alison Mackenzie and Lindsey Martin (Facet Publishing, 2016).