Thank you all for your help! You had some great suggestions and pointed me to some useful resources.

 

From: Metadata Object Description Schema List [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Rebecca Guenther
Sent: Thursday, February 05, 2015 9:07 AM
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Subject: Re: [MODS] typeOfResource for digitzed letter

 

Note that typeOfResource is repeatable. Several years ago we added an attribute usage with the value "primary". So you could repeat it and use that attribute with text, i.e.

<typeOfResource usage="primary">text</typeOfResource>

<typeOfResource>still image</typeOfResource>

 

Rebecca

 

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On Feb 5, 2015, at 8:52 AM, Jennifer Liss <[log in to unmask]> wrote:



Hi Marcy,

A resource that may help answer your second question about the repercussions
of your term choice in a DAM system or beyond--I've relied heavily upon the
DLF/Aquifer Implementation Guidelines for Shareable MODS Records[1]. Despite
the fact that the Guidelines were based on MODS 3.2 and written for a
specific context[2], the document remains useful when figuring out metadata
strategy that suits local as well as networked needs.

The DLF/Aquifer Guidelines recommends selecting a typeOfResource term that
matches the original item (the analog resource, in the case of digitized
materials, or the original digital format in the case of born-digital
materials), in your case, "text".

Best,
Jennifer

[1]
https://wiki.dlib.indiana.edu/download/attachments/24288/DLFMODS_ImplementationGuidelines.pdf
[2] http://www.loc.gov/standards/mods/userguide/

Jennifer A. Liss | Head, Monographic Cataloging Image Unit
INDIANA UNIVERSITY LIBRARIES
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On Wed, 4 Feb 2015 20:55:06 +0000, Strong, Marcy
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My question is which version of the material I should have in mind when

using this field: the original versions or the digitized? And what kind of
repercussions might it have in my digital asset management system?


Thanks,
Marcy