Universities and other organisations have made considerable investment in creating collections of digitised resources for learning and research. However, these resources are not always as discoverable as they could be by online audiences.
This means that students may miss opportunities to benefit from valuable primary source material. It can also limit the impact of digital collections on education and research, both locally and internationally.
This guide aims to help you make your digitised collection more discoverable and easier to use.
If you have any questions about this guide, contact Karen Colbron, digital content manager.
Spotlight on the digital: recent trends and research in scholarly behaviour
Ian Chowcat, Jisc (2015).
This report provides an update on the literature relating to the academic library role in discovery for both students and scholars since the earlier literature review published by the Spotlight project in late 2013.
Digital in the undergraduate history curriculum
Ian Chowcat, Karen Colbron, Adam Crymble, Jisc (2016).
The use of digital methods in historical research is now well established, and part of the common diet for graduate students. However ways of introducing such approaches and their benefits to undergraduates are less well developed. Some might say the methods involve a grasp of computing skills which would be a diversion from training in the basic skills of doing history, and the foundations of historical knowledge, which are the proper aims of undergraduate history.
However it would be foolish to ignore that undergraduates do use digital methods to undertake traditional tasks in their study of history, often strategically and in ways which do not always enhance their understanding. It seems at least possible that by harnessing the familiarity of students with digital technology, and introducing techniques derived from digitally-based historical research, history students can be led into a more productive relationship to use digital technology for the study of history, as well as being introduced to methods which are at the forefront of the discipline today. The aim, therefore, was to explore how this could be done and with what success.
A related issue is identifying what resources are needed to teach digital history at undergraduate level and what skills staff would need.
- History and legacy: the impact of TIDSR on resource discovery of digitised collections
The toolkit for the impact of digitised scholarly resources (TIDSR) was a ground-breaking guide offering comprehensive approaches and tools to measure the impact of digitised collections. Read a reflection on the guide and its outputs
- Spotlight on the Digital Web Assessment Summary, Jisc, 2014
- Using Impact as a Strategic Tool for Developing the Digital Library via the Balanced Value Impact Model. Tanner, S. Library Leadership and Management, Vol 30, 4. August 2016
- User behaviours and an overview of resource discovery at the University of Oxford, 2015