32nd Annual Charleston Conference Issues in Book and Serial Acquisition
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Saturday, November 10 • 11:15am - 12:00pm
Exploring Concepts of “Collection” in the Digital World

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This concurrent session will describe an ongoing doctoral research project, supported by the British Library, which explores the concept of the library collection in the digital world. Based on interview and survey data collected from library and information practitioners, people working in social enterprises, faculty members and policymakers, three interpretations of “collection” will be suggested: collection as thing, collection as access and collection as process. The presentation will propose a revised collection development hierarchy which incorporates these three concepts, outlining the potential impact of these ideas on collection development strategies, tactics and operations in the digital world.


Angharad Roberts

Postgraduate Research Student, University of Sheffield
Angharad Roberts is a postgraduate research student working towards a PhD at the University of Sheffield's iSchool. This research is funded and supported by the British Library. The project aims to develop a conceptual approach to the library collection in the digital world, using... Read More →

Saturday November 10, 2012 11:15am - 12:00pm EST
Francis Marion Rutledge Room 387 King Street, Charleston, SC 29403