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

Harriett E. Green, Angela Courtney


This paper presents an analysis of how humanities scholars use 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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Copyright © 2015 Harriett E. Green and Angela Courtney, Attribution-NonCommercial ( CC BY-NC.

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