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Stanford U. Libraries Begins Building New Tool To Assist in Creation of Digital Collection Websites - Spotlight | LJ INFOdocket

Stanford U. Libraries Begins Building New Tool To Assist in Creation of Digital Collection Websites - Spotlight | LJ INFOdocket | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"Feedback from librarians, curators, faculty, and other stakeholders has made it clear that there is a strong demand for feature-rich collection sites and, as the volume of digitized content continues to grow, that this demand will continue to outweigh our resources for producing them with a custom-built approach.

To address this, in the first quarter of 2014, SUL began building an application called Spotlight.

Spotlight is a Blacklight plugin that enables librarians, curators, and researchers who are responsible for digital collections to create attractive, feature-rich websites that showcase these collections. Spotlight leverages the rich resource discovery capabilities of Blacklight and extends it to allow curators to feature content from a repository system by enhancing it with rich narrative and context. Spotlight has similarities to existing exhibit solutions but seeks to expand on current models to more tightly integrate with repository infrastructures and bring equally strong focus on search results, objects, and supporting intellectual scaffolding.

The lead designer on the effort, Gary Geisler, took a user-centered approach to conceiving of a highly generalizable solution that took into account Stanford’s local needs as well as feedback from peers at other cultural heritage institutions who are searching for a similar solution. The project planning artifacts, which include concept documents, requirements, detailed personas and mockups, are openly available."

 

 Complete Blog Post by Stu Snydman & Gary Geislerto Learn More, View Video With Accomplishments from Sprint 1 https://library.stanford.edu/blogs/digital-library-blog/2014/02/stanford-begins-development-spotlight
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Enhanced digitization via Spotlight!

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Librarian Cites 'Concerning' Trends in Digital Collection Development - The Digital Shift

Librarian Cites 'Concerning' Trends in Digital Collection Development - The Digital Shift | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

By Kathy Ishizuka:

The acquisition and management of digital content is becoming increasingly critical. And given their background in collection development, librarians are uniquely suited to assume this task. But there are pitfalls, according to Michelle Luhtala, the department chair of the New Canaan (CT) High School Library.


Six concerns about trends in digital collection development: http://mluhtala.blogspot.com/2013/02/six-concerns-about-digital-collection.html


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Digital collecetion development in libraries - the pitfalls!

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Emotion, Meaning and Digital Collections | The Signal: Digital Preservation

Emotion, Meaning and Digital Collections | The Signal: Digital Preservation | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
Emotion, Meaning and Digital Collections. A blog post at "The Signal: Digital Preservation" on 2013-02-28.

 

by Bill LeFurgy:

...This is an occupational hazard of digital archivists, that awkward first attempt to explain what it is that we do. But there is a bigger issue: if people have trouble understanding what a digital archives is, it means that people have no personal connection with the entire concept. In our culture, personal connection drives support and–apologies for an overused term–sustainability.

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Adding value to digital collections!

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Doug Breitbart's curator insight, March 4, 2013 1:26 PM

How to generate pull in domain of archives and collections. . . That is the billion person question, I think?

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Evolving Hurdles: Collection Development at libraries

Evolving Hurdles: Collection Development at libraries | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"I was talking with a friend the other day about how the problems of one library often are not the problems of another."

 

"Libraries have classically claimed a variety of challenges to collection development and development planning, depending on the institution’s size and type. Outsourced development firms can homogenize a collection. Where development staff are unfamiliar with the demographics of a local usership, a library may incur a wealth of items doomed to be sight unseen, while omitting from its collection materials that are truly valuable to its patrons.

Academic research libraries, while attempting to address the information explosion and provide access to increasing research publications, face escalating material costs and associated headaches. Add now fluctuations in the publisher-library relationship, inherent contractual issues regarding downloads, and debate over whether student interest justifies huge expenditures tied to digital collections.

It’s at once interesting, concerning, and necessary to look at the varied barriers to collection development and to evaluate how these obstacles have evolved."

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