What is a digital archive? Is it the right choice for my institution?
Digitizing materials is one way to preserve and archive them and is also a great way to share your collections. Making collections available online means that researchers unable to visit your institution in person can still utilize your archive.
This guide from the Library of Congress outlines the digital preservation process. This page from Archive History details how to digitally archive and share historical photographs, documents, and audio recordings.
However, digitization is not always the answer. Lack of funds, time, or equipment could mean digitization is not right for you. This blog post from the Peel Art Gallery, Museum & Archive outlines some challenges of digitizing materials.