Evaluating & Measuring the Value, Use and Impact of Digital Collections

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Item Number: 
978-1-85604-720-3
Published: 
2011
Publisher: 
Facet Publishing, UK
Pages: 
218
Width: 
6"
Height: 
9"
Format: 
Softcover
  • Description
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  • About the Author
  • Reviews

 This unique book considers digital collections with the user in mind. The author brings together experts to consider how users interact with digital collections and what these interactions have to say about the value of such collections for a wide variety of cultural institutions. This cutting-edge book looks at the relevance of how digital collections, what role they play in the digital economy, and how information professionals can sustain them now and into the future.

Foreword - Christine L Borgman 
1. Introduction: the value, use and impact of digital collections - Lorna M Hughes
 
PART 1: DIGITAL TRANSFORMATIONS IN LIBRARIES, MUSEUMS AND ARCHIVES
 
2. The digital library - Andrew Prescott
3. The digital museum - Claire Hudson
4. The digital archive - Gillian Oliver
 
PART 2: UNDERSTANDING AND MEASURING THE USE, IMPACT AND VALUE OF DIGITAL COLLECTIONS
 
5. A strategic approach to the understanding and evaluation of impact - Ben Showers
6. User needs in digitization - Milena Dobreva, Andy O'Dwyer and Leo Konstantelos
7. Measuring impact and use: scholarly information-seeking behaviour - Claire Ross, Melissa Terras and Vera Motyckova
8. The value and impact of digitized resources for learning, teaching, research and enjoyment - Simon Tanner
 
PART 3: ENHANCING THE FUTURE IMPACT AND VALUE OF DIGITAL COLLECTIONS
 
9. Using ICT methods and tools in arts and humanities research - Lorna M Hughes
10. Creating a research data infrastructure: policy and practicalities - Ann Borda and Lyle Winton
11. Improving sustainability of publicly funded digital resources - David Robey

Lorna Hughes

Lorna Hughes is Deputy Director at the Centre for e-Research, King's College London.

"This book is important for all those involved in digitization programs. Its main strength is that it covers libraries, archives and museums to give an overall perspective."

--Journal of Librarianship and Information Science
"Evaluating value and impact is the Holy Grail for all involved in the provision of information.  How do we know that we are making a difference?  This book attempts to answer the question in a series of independently written but structured chapters covering the range of issues across the libraries, museums and archives sectors.  The chapters form in effect a series of examples of how different institutions and sectors have approached digitization, attempted to evaluate them and seek to enhance their value." 
--Managing Information

"Both beginning storytellers and seasoned librarians can benefit from these fresh ideas."
--School Library Journal

"Would be useful to anyone involved in planning or creating policy for evaluation of digital collections and for those who must communicate with stakeholders and funders outside the archives ... This book provides the theoretical groundwork for improving methods for measuring impact beyond quantitative counting of users."
--Archival Issues