A Site for Scholarly Primitives: Exploring the Digital Library Interface

By Craig Harkema.

Published by The International Journal of Technology, Knowledge and Society

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The current information landscape has created new opportunities for digital libraries to assist with important scholarly functions outside of simple search and discovery. Digital collections must become a community space for 
use and reuse of digital objects,
 a space that helps make connections between information types and sources, and provide opportunities for others to build services upon. The author examines how
 improved interface
 design 
might
 provide
 users
 with 
options 
outside 
of 
simple 
text-based 
searching 
to
 aid 
their
 research and accomplish scholarly objectives as defined by John Unsworth. This paper explores ways of designing interfaces to facilitate these functions while examining and assessing current digital library implementations and software tools to help support the central ideas proposed within.

Keywords: Interfaces, Digital Collections, Digital Libraries

The International Journal of Technology, Knowledge, and Society: Annual Review, Volume 10, pp.1-13. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 815.331KB).

Craig Harkema

Digital Projects Librarian, Special Resources, University Library, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada

Craig Harkema is the Digital Projects Librarian at the University Library, University of Saskatchewan. Among his responsibilities is the technical leadership of Saskatchewan History Online (saskhistoryonline.ca), an initiative that is meant to increase the digitization capacity of cultural heritage organizations across the province and provide Saskatchewan citizens with a digital resource to explore and interact with historical materials. With a graduate studies background in information studies and digital humanities, his current research interests include establishing digital communities and experimental interface design. He has published and presented on topics ranging from mapping digital content, tools for digital collections stewardship, and new approaches to scholarly publishing.