This blog post on The London School of Economic’s blog, “The Impact Blog“, advocates for the use of digital collections as an emerging and important resource for scholarly research and scholarly communication. The blog cites the NYPL’s Digital Collections as a model of an accessible collection with rich metadata and providing researchers with essential materials. Indeed, the NYPL digital collections calls itself a “living database”, mirroring the Impact Blog’s argument that digital collections are an interactive rescue and a collaborative space.
In terms of the relevance to our discussions at Pratt IS, we often work on the backend of these collections and must continue to develop digital collections and what the article calls “virtual research environments.” We, as information professionals, should also continue to observe and discuss digital collections and their impact on research and scholarly communication. Part of these discussions must include how to manage and develop digital collections as a successful interdisciplinary field, incorporating librarians, UX designers, and scholars.
source: Green, H., Courtney, A. (2017, Feb. 2). Digital collections offer researchers opportunities to develop new skills and scholarly communications networks. The Impact Blog: London School of Economics and Political Science. Retrieved from: http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/impactofsocialsciences/2017/02/02/digital-collections-offer-researchers-opportunities-to-develop-new-skills-and-scholarly-communications-networks/
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