Augmenting small specialist libraries with digital resources


We show that small, specialist libraries (SSLs) can play different organisational roles and serve their users in a different way to more standard academic or commercial libraries. Most digital library (DL) frameworks and models are essentially based on surrogating the services that academic or commercial libraries supply, and so such frameworks may not be applicable to SSLs. This paper discusses the results of an interview study to determine a picture of the roles that SSLs play from an organisational and librarianship perspective. From this picture we draw out the implications for developing DL services for SSLs, concluding that SSLs need online community building tools and a lightweight ‘framework’ approach.

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@inproceedings{Butterworth2004AugmentingSS, title={Augmenting small specialist libraries with digital resources}, author={Richard Butterworth}, year={2004} }