• Informational Interfaces: A case study of the impact of discovery systems on biodiversity research and search at the Natural History Museum, London, UK

    Author(s):
    Sarah Stewart (see profile)
    Date:
    2015
    Group(s):
    CityLIS, Library & Information Science
    Subject(s):
    Digital archives, Digital curation, Library and information science, Museum studies
    Item Type:
    Thesis
    Institution:
    City University London
    Tag(s):
    digital scholarship, Library Collections, natural history collections
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/M6C35G
    Abstract:
    The Natural History Museum is one of the world’s leading research institutions for biological diversity research with collections comprising some 8 million specimens representing a vast wealth of data. It also holds one of the foremost collections of biodiversity-related literature in its Library and Archives, with over one million items catalogued, ranging from artworks and historical manuscripts to born-digital material such as journal articles. This study investigates the impact of discovery systems on search and research at the Natural History Museum with the objectives: to determine exact attitudes to searching for biodiversity information resources using the Library and Archives discovery system and the Data Portal; to explore how biodiversity information is discovered and used through the discovery system; to examine the impact of discovery systems on search and research; and to document the transition toward a digital, networked and aggregated discovery system approach to managing biodiversity information. To date, this is the first case study of the implementation of a discovery system in a natural history museum library with a focus on biodiversity research.
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