May 28, 2022

New Research Article: “Beyond the Scanned Image: A Needs Assessment of Scholarly Users of Digital Collections”

The following article (PREPRINT) was accepted for publication on July 25, 2014. and posted online today and is scheduled for publication in the July 1, 2015 issue of College & Research Libraries.


Beyond the Scanned Image: A Needs Assessment of Scholarly Users of Digital Collections


Harriett E. Green
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Angela Courtney
Indiana University at Bloomington Libraries


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This paper presents an analysis of how humanities scholars utilize digital collections in their research and the ways in which digital collections could be enhanced for scholarly use. The authors surveyed and interviewed humanities faculty from twelve research universities about their research practices with digital collections and present analysis of the resulting responses.

The paper also analyzes a sample of qualitative responses from the Bamboo Technology Project’s workshops with faculty, librarians, and technologists about the use and functionalities of digital materials for humanities research. This paper synthesizes these data analyses to propose the critical need for interoperability and data curation in digital collections to increase their scholarly use, and the importance of user engagement in development of digital collections.

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See Also: Bamboo Project Info

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