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Digital Collections and the Teachable Moment
Computers in Libraries - Westport
Subjects: Research; Economists; Libraries; Metadata; Academic libraries; Digital archives; Studies; Education; College campuses; Collection; Programming; Library collections; Digital systems; Repositories; Librarians; Finding aids; Digital; Information sources; Collection development; Library catalogs
Author: Huwe, Terence K
Date: May 2017
Start Page: 16
Pages: 3
Section: Building Digital Libraries
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Digital library development has become a mainstay of professional practice, not only for collection development and programming experts, but for anyone who has a public-facing role in the library. This state of affairs has been in place for more than a decade, but we have reached a point in which a new synergy has emerged between digital collection development and our educational initiatives to bring patrons up-to-date. While this is exciting, it also presents us with a new challenge: how best to reach patrons who resist change, favor non-library starting points for their research, or have otherwise written off library services. Web repositories can be listed in and linked to conventional OPACs. Ultimately, the serious researcher will need to use the finding aids that we create to guide and inform access. Library technology is changing very fast, and that process offers moments to engage prominent allies and users.

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