Profiles of Academic Library Efforts to Develop & Publicize Special & Digital Collections

  • ID: 4750798
  • Report
  • 52 pages
  • Primary Research Group
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This engaging report profiles the efforts of five higher education institutions of different types and dimensions - George Mason University, the University of South Florida, Pennsylvania State University, Pacific Lutheran University, and the University of Central Florida – to develop and especially to publicize and market their special and digital collections. 

Among the issues covered are: assessing the needs of primary end users such as student, faculty and researchers; transitioning from an acquisitions-based to a services-based approach to collection development; digital archive creation; treatment of born-digital materials; the incorporation of special collections into open access strategies and general coursework; and cataloging, findability, email promotion and social media strategies.  The author also explores the growing use for special and digital collections of institutional digital repositories.

Other issues of note discussed include the use of 3D mapping, use of emerging technology platforms and tools such as SiteImprove, BitCurator, ArchivesGrid, Aeon, SketchFab and others, as well as strategies for developing key partnerships and collaborations both within and outside academic institutions, and much more of interest to anyone involved in developing and marketing library special and digital collections.

The study’s author is Skye Rodgers.  Skye has a BA in sociology from the University of Alberta and a master’s degree in mass communication from the University of South Florida. Prior forming her own communications consultancy – Skye Writer Communications Inc. – she was Director of Communication, Learning Services Portfolio (includes Libraries), 2008 – 2010, for the University of Alberta and Assistant Director of Libraries for Communications, University of South Florida, 2003 – 2007.

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About the Author   
Synopsis   
George Mason University   
Contributing interview with:   
Libraries Overview/Current Context   
Digital Collections   
Overview   
Collection Priories   
Collection Use   
Cataloging & Findability   
Promotion & Marketing   
Partnerships & Collaborations   
Special Collections   
Overview   
Collection Priorities   
Collection Use   
Cataloging & Findability   
Promotion & Marketing   
Partnerships & Collaboration   
Pacific Lutheran University   
Contributing interview with:   
Libraries Overview/Current Context   
Digital Collections:Overview   
Collection Priorities   
Collection Use   
Cataloging & Findability   
Promotion & Marketing   
Partnerships & Collaborations   
Special Collections:   
Overview   
Collection Use   
Cataloging & Findability   
Promotion & Marketing   
Partnerships & Collaborations   
Pennsylvania State University   
Libraries Overview/Current Context:   
Digital Collections:   
Overview   
Collection Priorities   
Collection Use   
Cataloging & Findability   
Promotion & Marketing   
Partnerships & Collaborations   
Special Collections:   
Overview   
Collection Priorities   
Collection Use   
Cataloging & Findability   
Promotion & Marketing   
Partnerships & Collaborations   
University of Central Florida   
Libraries Overview/Current Context   
Digital Collections   
Overview   
Collection Priorities   
Collection Use   
Cataloging & Findability   
Marketing and Promotion   
Partnerships and Collaborations   
Special Collections   
Overview   
Collection Priorities   
Collection Use   
Cataloging & Findability   
Marketing and Promotion   
Partnerships & Collaborations   
University of South Florida   
Libraries Overview/Current Context   
Digital Collections   
Overview   
Collection Priorities   
Collection Access & Use   
Cataloging & Findability   
Promotion & Marketing   
Partnerships & Collaborations   
Special Collections   
Overview   
Collection Priorities   
Collection Use   
Cataloging & Findability   
Promotion & Marketing   
Partnerships & Collaborations   

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