Claremont Colleges Library
With the growth of digital humanities and a wide range of free and open source analysis tools at our fingertips, librarians have a unique opportunity to use these new tools to critically analyze library collections. Moving beyond usage and budgets, strategies such as text analysis, temporal pattern finding and data visualization offer insights into the structure and content of our collections, which in turn supports evidenced-based decision-making for future acquisitions. At the Claremont Colleges Library, librarians across divisions have been encouraged to learn tools and approaches to Digital Humanities, and apply these principles to our own work and relationships with researchers.
This presentation was delivered on Friday, November 4th at the Charleston Conference. It covered: methods for gathering historic acquisitions data; strategies for using Digital Humanities tools to both analyze and communicate findings; an overview of this team's findings on terrorism and collection development at Claremont; and potential future applications for the use of Digital Humanities tools to support collection assessment and development.
© 2016 help Authors: Lydia Bello, Nina Clements, Madelynn Dickerson, and Margaret Hogarth
Bello, Lydia; Clements, Nina; Dickerson, Madelynn; and Hogarth, Margaret, "Critical Collection Analysis: Using DH Tools to Contextualize Historical Collecting Patterns within a Political Framework" (2016). Library Staff Publications and Research. 52.