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Digital Collections Worldwide: An Annotated Directory
Michael J. Aloi, Marjorie Fusco, and Susan E. Ketcham
Item Number: 978-1-55570-701-9
Publisher: ALA Neal-Schuman
Price: $263.00
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418 pages
8.5" x 11"
ISBN-13: 978-1-55570-701-9
Year Published: 2011

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The digitization of collections around the world offers tremendous opportunity for researchers on almost any subject. But how does one know what’s available? That problem is masterfully addressed by Digital Collections Worldwide, another cutting-edge research tool from ALA Neal-Schuman.

As Cheryl LaGuardia puts it in the Foreword, “The listings here, accompanied as they are by rich annotations, will inform librarians and researchers alike; instead of searching Google for hours to uncover subsections of what’s here, users can quickly and easily find pertinent information about digital collections around the globe and access them immediately. It’s a time-saving and informative tool, and one on which I’ll depend …”

An invaluable resource for anyone wishing to take full advantage of what the web has to offer, this extensively annotated and thoroughly indexed guide organizes and describes the contents of thousands of important digital collections around the globe. Organized geographically by continent, each chapter begins with an overview of the continent and digital collections relevant to the continent as a whole, and then provides separate sections for individual nations, introducing important digital collections and offering descriptions of their scope and purpose.

Detailed information is then provided on each collection and each of its segments, including links to representative material. Pointing the way to many valuable and informative collections that are currently highly underutilized, the guide helps both librarians and researchers answer questions such as:

• What is the subject matter and content of the digitization project?
• What institution, organization, library, museum or other host is making the information available?

This unique resource speaks to one of the more difficult challenges facing reference librarians today. By describing a vast array of resources not commonly represented in fixed library collections or discoverable via popular search engines such as Google, it promises to extend the research capabilities of any library, however small. A companion website gives librarians and researchers all of the links found in the book so researchers can avoid transcribing the often-lengthy URLs.

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About the Authors

Michael J. Aloi is an Associate Professor and Technical Services Librarian at Dowling College in Oakdale, New York. He is the principal cataloger for Dowling College and has previously co-authored articles for Technical Services Quarterly, the Journal of Web Librarianship, and Library Administration & Management.

Marjorie Fusco is an Associate Professor and Reference Librarian at Dowling College in Oakdale, New York. She has done library research for many years and has previously co-authored the book Distance Learning for Higher Education: An Annotated Bibliography, published in 2002.

Susan E. Ketcham is a Professor and Reference Librarian at Long Island University in Brentwood, New York. Prior to her current position, she was a cataloger for over twenty years. She co-authored the book Distance Learning for Higher Education: An Annotated Bibliography, contributed a chapter to the book Introducing and Managing Academic Library Automation Projects, and writes book reviews for Library Journal’s column "Professional Media." She also teaches at the Long Island University Palmer School of Library and Information Science.

"An exhaustive and valuable annotated listing of the world's most authoritative and comprehensive digital collections … Those who work in a library, archive, museum, cultural or educational institution, etc. will benefit greatly from this directory by expanding their knowledge about digital collections but also will be able to provide customers with an invaluable resource to begin their exploration of digital collections around the world."
--College & Research Libraries

"Indispensable for scholars and researchers in digitization particularly, but essential for digital research on virtually any subject. Every reader and researcher, librarians and patrons, will find something of interest and importance in the global range of topics."
--Library Journal

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