Providing Digital Content, Tools and Services

Provide services and scholarly resources in formats that best fit user needs. In a digital world, we must shift our efforts increasingly toward the support of digital content, tools and services.

Goals for Providing Digital Content

Provide services and scholarly resources in formats that best fit user needs. In a digital world, we must shift our efforts increasingly toward the support of digital content, tools and services while maintaining a role in collecting and providing access to print materials.
  • 2.1 Increase the Libraries’ capacity to create, acquire, and manage digital scholarly content in an increasingly diverse range of formats.
    • Accelerate digitization of unique Libraries materials and increase access to digital scholarly content in all formats, including new forms such as research data sets and multimedia.
    • Create systems and workflows to facilitate the creation and management of accurate, appropriate metadata for Libraries resources.
    • Develop a plan for preservation of digital materials as well as print, with clarification of what things we will do within the Duke Libraries, and what things we will do in collaboration with other organizations.
  • 2.2 Facilitate easy, convenient discovery and use of relevant scholarly information.
    • Enable Libraries data and content to be syndicated and aggregated, making it easily discoverable through any number of interfaces, and connected to relevant information from beyond our walls.
    • Deliver scholarly content through mobile devices, social media, course websites, virtual research environments and other means that meet user needs.
    • Consider participation in national and international projects for collecting born digital materials on behalf of our faculty.
  • 2.3 Create and refine services to support the use of digital tools and digital content.
    • Review and pilot an article recommender service to provide information to users regarding the behavior of others who have performed similar searches.
    • Support and encourage the use of new digital tools for scholarly work (collaborative virtual research tools, open publishing platforms, wikis, blogs, social media, citation tools, instructional technologies, data visualization tools, etc.).
    • Embed our services and expertise into systems and tools people are already using for research, teaching, and learning activities.
  • 2.4 Provide opportunities for staff to become technologically skilled and adaptable.
    • Have a well defined and well understood service model that describes the similarities and differences across locations.
    • Encourage staff to experiment, innovate, and try new approaches to their work through regular Library-wide, departmental and staff development planning processes.
    • Provide staff with opportunities for cross-departmental collaboration.
    • Provide staff and patrons with access to appropriate hardware and software, and facilitate training and other learning opportunities.

Activities Pertaining to Providing Digital Content




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