Repurposing Existing Digital Resources and Smoothing Interdisciplinary Communication: Environmental Policy Collection Development

Repurposing Existing Digital Resources and Smoothing
Interdisciplinary Communication: Environmental Policy
Collection Development

Nathan Hall
Virginia Tech University
Libraries
Nfhall@vt.edu

Daniel Gelaw Alemneh
University of North Texas
Digital Libraries Division
Daniel.Alemneh@unt.edu

Mark Edward Phillips
University of North Texas,
Digital Libraries Division
Mark.Phillips@unt.edu

ABSTRACT
Given the proliferation of scholarly digital contents, it has
become increasingly difficult for researchers to find
relevant contents in their own, not to mention related,
disciplines. The situation is even worse in interdisciplinary
fields such as environmental sciences. Many academic
libraries provide services to support the creation,
organization, management, use, and reuse of digital
contents. This poster describes the University of North
Texas (UNT) Libraries' initiative to provide digital
infrastructure and stewardship in order to ensure long-term
access to the resources collected. The preliminary results
from usage and related statistics analysis suggest significant
research and educational impact of the Environmental
Policy Collection. Based on the University of North Texas
Libraries' experience in integrating heterogeneous digital
resources from diverse sources and providing seamless
access, this poster will also provide guidelines for future
digital collection development, and make recommendations
for further study of collection development strategies.
Keywords
Digital resources management, digital library, collection
development strategies, digital preservation, metadata,
reuse, repurposing
INTRODUCTION
Rising pressure to keep up with their peers tends to force
scholars in the direction of specialization, not merely in a
single discipline, but even within sub-fields of the chosen
discipline. As we continue to move toward ever more
narrow specializations, we increase both the fragmentation
of knowledge, and the overall flow of knowledge. There are
many information sources in various formats, but this
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information is of no use unless there is a way to access,
distribute and redistribute it in a number of ways and
contexts.
In view of growing interdiciplinarity and development of
human knowledge, access to digital resources relies on a
seamless discovery process that offers many possible
options to users. A number of researchers analyzed and
described the general behavior of users' informational
queries (where the user is seeking information on a
particular topic). Dutton and Paul (2010); Peterson (2006)
among others, reviewed various digital resource
management and metadata practices and noted that the two
major reasons users experience problems with subject
access are the quality and application of subject metadata
and the complexity of knowledge required for successful
subject access.
UNT DIGITAl lIBRARY Home Seach About

V,'hat's Inside this Collecton
:inmental SSues an their ptential mcnequEnoES.
E current focus -f the collection is dimate change, and
d dcuments come from such agencies and individuals
United States Climate Change Science Prc-grar
" National Oceanic and AtrosphericAdministratin
" Internatlnal Gersphere-BirFphere Prgaramme
" Climate Change and Agriculture and Food Security
* Earth Stem Sdeno Partnership
" Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change
NUnited Naticns Environment Programme
" World frleteomlc-glcal Organlzatmn
: Uniersi: cf North Texas IUNT graduate students
About This Project
The UNT Libraries are wriing to identif, cllect,
organize, and manage digital resources rele~ant to
nvironmntal pclic Fr this ndeavor, the Libraries will
povide digital infrastructure and stewardship t ensure
perpetual saccet the resources collected. ie are
actlely selng content partners T learn mre about
h,v' you cn participate in the Enirnrnental Policy
Collection prcjEct, contact Daniel Alemnh
anel alennemh@unt edu

ASIST 2012, October 26-31, 2012, Baltimore, MD, USA.
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Figure 1. The Environmental Policy Collection Page:
http://digital.library.unt.edu/explore/collections/ESDC/

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Hall, Nathan; Alemneh, Daniel Gelaw & Phillips, Mark Edward. Repurposing Existing Digital Resources and Smoothing Interdisciplinary Communication: Environmental Policy Collection Development. UNT Digital Library. http://digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc122174/. Accessed April 17, 2014.