Digitisation initiatives at Rhodes University are mostly driven by the need to make primary and secondary resources accessible to the larger scholarly community in support of the research agenda, and to create surrogates of the original materials as a preservation strategy. In order to consolidate and standardise digitisation activities and the growth of these digital collections, a mandate was approved by Council in support of enhanced discovery, delivery and access to these collections:
- The Library is mandated to identify, prioritise, lead and coordinate digitisation efforts centrally across the institution (with consideration for national and possibly international strategic partnerships and initiatives), and where required partner with units in terms of project facilitation, including possibly project management, assistance with funding proposals, skilling of staff etc.;
- The Library, together with stakeholders, is mandated to design and effect supporting institutionally-wide adopted policies. These policies include (but may not be limited to) digitisation standards, metadata standards, author-archiving policies, digital preservation, rights management and access policies;
- The Library, together with input from relevant stakeholders, is mandated to manage and customize the delivery platform for digital collections.