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Title: Collection Definition in Federated Digital Resource Development
Author(s): Palmer, Carole L.; Knutson, Ellen M.; Twidale, Michael B.; Zavalina, Oksana L.
Subject(s): IMLS DCC Digital libraries Digital collections Collection level description Collection development Aggregations
Abstract: As part of a federation project providing integrated access to over 170 digital collections, we are studying how collections can best be represented to meet the needs of service providers and diverse user communities. This paper reports on recent results from that project on how digital resource developers conceive of and define their collections. Based on content analysis of collection registry records, survey and interview data, and focus groups, we identify collection definition trends including a broadening of target audiences, elaboration of subject representation, and a lack of clearly defined selection criteria. Our findings reveal high variability and ambiguity in the collection construct. We discuss how the concept of collection is being continuously defined through the processes of digital resource development and federation and how rapidly changing conceptualizations are likely to impact adoption, tailoring, and development of digital collections and their use.
Issue Date: 2006-11-06
Publisher: Information Today
Citation Info: Proceedings of the ASIS&T 2006 Annual Meeting
Genre: Article
Type: Text
Language: English
Publication Status: published or submitted for publication
Peer Reviewed: is peer reviewed
Sponsor: IMLS LG-02-02-0281
Rights Information: Copyright owned by Information Today
Date Available in IDEALS: 2007-09-13

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