Like archives and museums, libraries are generally pretty proud of their collections – the books, journals, films, photographs and manuscripts that we have available for use. At Boatwright, we’re no different, and we really want our collections to be used. But, just for a moment, think about the volume of these materials: as of 2013 we have 671,140 books, 92,948 journals and serials, 335 database subscriptions containing untold numbers of full-text articles, and more. That’s kind of mind-boggling when you think about it. So…how would you ever expect to find what you need within this massive amount of stuff?
Discovery, Technology and Publishing is here to help with that problem. We provide the data, service and technology layer to much of the information the library purchases, licenses or creates. Members of our team maintain and enhance computer systems and applications, develop collections online based on our library’s materials, and add a layer of description to nearly every item that results in your success in finding what you need.
In the case of many of our services, like the library catalog and the data on which it runs, when everything is working smoothly you don’t even know we’re here. Other services, such as home-grown digital library collections, have a more public presence.
This blog will be a window into our work. It will contain project updates, musings, reports and the occasional guest post. We come across things on the job every day, both minuscule and monumental, that pique our interest and inspire us to do great work. It is our hope that we can share some of that with you.