Prospecting Virtual Collections

  title={Prospecting Virtual Collections},
  author={Bradley D. Westbrook},
  journal={Journal of Archival Organization},
  pages={73 - 80}
Abstract Virtual collections are a distinct sub-species of digital collections and digital archives. Archivists and curators in their professional roles do not construct virtual collections; rather they enable virtual collections through the application of descriptive and other standards. Virtual collections are constructed by end users. 
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