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Collection Visualisation | Blog post | UTS Library

Collection Visualisation | Blog post | UTS Library | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Posted by Mal in 

University Librarian: 

"This post is a collection of examples that relate to the visualisation of collections.

Several researchers are doing some interesting work in this space and I think it is pretty important. Adding some kind of visual layer to catalogues, search or discovery tools provides us with a capabilty that is largely missing in the cultural sector at present. Most searches focus solely on text-based initiators or they provide text-based lists of search results. Open data, the encouragement to collaborate in coding and the need to either search visually or to visualise search results is leading towards much improved collection discovery. This makes the collections we provide more easily found, used, explored, enjoyed, linked and shared."

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Interesting concept of visualization collections in libraries!

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Innovation in Libraries 2012 - 16 sessions on YouTube playlist

Innovation in Libraries 2012 - 16 sessions on YouTube playlist | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Innovation in Libraries 2012 was a free post-conference event after LITA Forum, sponsored by OCLC. Held at the Columbus Metropolitan Library, Innovation in Libraries 2012 featured 16 sessions and lightning talk presenters--all sharing how their library or organization has done innovative things and found success.

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Playlist of all the talks on Youtube!

 

Great innovation stories for libraries!

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Accessing historical archives as a disabled user; with recommendations

Accessing historical archives as a disabled user; with recommendations | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

By Viv Dunstan:

"I recently gave a talk to a conference for archivists on my perceptions as a disabled user of archives. I have a progressive neurological disease, and sometimes use a wheelchair. ...

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...list of recommendations for archivists to improve accessibility. I will repeat these here, for the benefit of any reading:

Would ask archivists to consider how accessible their search rooms are, including the layout within the room itself. This is potentially of great benefit to physically disabled archive users, but a more accessible layout can benefit users in general as well, for example tables and chairs that are easier to move around, paper catalogues easier to access etc.As a counterpoint to that ask you to be more aware of the potential need for people to research at a distance, and do not always assume lengthy on-the-spot research is practical or the default approach, and consider enabling other modes of provision for usersTo that end make sure that online catalogues are as detailed as they can be, and improve them where necessaryAs well as archivist initiated digitisation projects archivists should consider supporting digitisation on demand, including permitting digital photography of records, whether a per page copying fee is charged for such photography, or waived for disability users"
Karen du Toit's insight:

Good checklist of points to consider for archives with regards accessibility! 

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