Landscaping the future for collaborative collection management

Gordon Dunsire

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    The paper briefly describes the concept and functional components of information environments and information landscapes, including the role of descriptions of collections and their catalogues. The paper then discusses the potential use of landscapes to support collaborative collection management across a range of processes and services, including resource acquisition, discovery, access, and preservation, and demonstrates the application of structured collection-level metadata to support a variety of consortium foci, including location, topic, educational level, and resource format. The paper describes several techniques which can be applied to collection-level metadata to provide landscaping services at regional and national level, including the application of functional granularity from the analytic model of collections and their catalogues, collection hierarchies, and controlled vocabularies. The paper presents examples from the Scottish Collections Network, a national operational information environment and landscaping service, including consortia based on collection subject (Scottish Visual Arts Group) and location (Glasgow Academic Libraries Together). The paper concludes by discussing the extension of information environments to incorporate archive and museum collections, and the potential impact of new and emerging collection description standards.
    Original languageEnglish
    Publication statusPublished - 2007
    EventWorld Library and Information Congress: 73rd IFLA General Conference and Council - Durban, South Africa
    Duration: 19 Aug 200723 Aug 2007


    ConferenceWorld Library and Information Congress: 73rd IFLA General Conference and Council
    CityDurban, South Africa


    • collaboration
    • information management
    • collection-level description
    • metadata
    • resource discovery
    • collection management


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