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Local studies collections online: an investigation in Irish public libraries

Local studies collections online: an investigation in Irish public libraries Purpose – This paper aims to investigate how public libraries in Ireland are using their websites to present local studies collections online. Design/methodology/approach – All the websites of public libraries in Ireland were evaluated against a checklist of 50 criteria by one of the authors. An analytic description was provided of the four highest‐ranking websites and semi‐structured interviews were held with staff in these library authorities. Findings – Several interesting trends in Irish local studies and their online presentation were identified. Overall the websites were well‐presented and had a strong sense of branding. Users of these websites typically come from the Irish diaspora in Europe, the US and Australia. Library 2.0 “tools” had been adopted by three of the four authorities investigated, adding value to their websites. Recommendations for future developments are included. Originality/value – This research should add to the relatively sparse literature available on local authority local studies websites. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Program Emerald Publishing

Local studies collections online: an investigation in Irish public libraries

Program , Volume 42 (2): 24 – Apr 25, 2008

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Publisher
Emerald Publishing
Copyright
Copyright © 2008 Emerald Group Publishing Limited. All rights reserved.
ISSN
0033-0337
DOI
10.1108/00330330810867710
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Abstract

Purpose – This paper aims to investigate how public libraries in Ireland are using their websites to present local studies collections online. Design/methodology/approach – All the websites of public libraries in Ireland were evaluated against a checklist of 50 criteria by one of the authors. An analytic description was provided of the four highest‐ranking websites and semi‐structured interviews were held with staff in these library authorities. Findings – Several interesting trends in Irish local studies and their online presentation were identified. Overall the websites were well‐presented and had a strong sense of branding. Users of these websites typically come from the Irish diaspora in Europe, the US and Australia. Library 2.0 “tools” had been adopted by three of the four authorities investigated, adding value to their websites. Recommendations for future developments are included. Originality/value – This research should add to the relatively sparse literature available on local authority local studies websites.

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ProgramEmerald Publishing

Published: Apr 25, 2008

Keywords: Collections management; Ireland; Worldwide web; Public libraries

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