Managing Digital Cultural Objects: Analysis, Discovery and Retrieval. Eds. Allen Foster and Pauline Rafferty. Chicago: ALA Neal-Schuman, 2016. 256p. Paper $88.00 (ISBN 978-0-8389-1343-7).

Amy Frazier


The title of Managing Digital Cultural Objects carries some risk of misleading the reader into thinking that it’s a how-to manual. It is not. This work is less an overview of the nuts and bolts of its subject (although it is that at times), and more an exploration of the theory and issues related to digital objects and collections: how we conceive of and create them, how we preserve them, how we share them, how users interact with them. As digital objects become critically important in libraries and collections of all kinds, this book serves as a welcome view across the landscape of digital collections, considering both current practice and future possibilities. It was originally published in the United Kingdom and was written primarily, though not exclusively, by expert authors based in the United Kingdom.

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