adj. combining elements of two different categories of media, usually paper and digital media


The definition of hybrid used generally in English is “composed of two or more heterogenous elements,” and the definition most common in the archival literature neatly fits within it. However, archivists use this term almost exclusively in the sense related to hybrid collections of records. In recent decades, this use is almost entirely confined to the meaning “having both digital and paper elements,” but in the past the usage was more commonly used to describe digital and micrographic access systems.