While I think this is a cool concept, it appears that they’re doing this to enhance access with only minor considerations for preservation (e.g. less people handling the fragile documents). I hope that while they are securing funding for this digitization project, they are also making sure to preserve the digital and physical copy.
I find that institutions believe that digitization will help with preservation. In reality, you’ve just doubled your problem. Now you have a digital copy and a physical copy to worry about. Then the bigger issue arises. In a financial crunch or extreme budget cuts, which one do you allocate resources to?
Questions, questions, questions. I love digitization in theory but in practical applications I have so many concerns about it.