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Building a “Virtual Library Collection” through freely-accessible web sites: ‘Select Web Sites database’ at University of Vermont. Wichada SuKantarat A presentation at a Poster Session The 11th OLAC Biennial Conference Montreal, Canada 2004. Abstract.
at a Poster Session
The 11th OLAC Biennial Conference
The recent increase of freely-accessible web sites on the World Wide Web can change the nature of library collections and services. Within this rapidly changing environment, libraries should take advantage of valuable information that is freely available on the Internet. Creating a virtual collection requires a well-planned collaboration of librarians in Cataloging, Collection Development, Reference and Systems. In addition, current collection development policies will need expansion to reflect the nature of a “virtual collection.” A systematic review and maintenance, which includes de-selection of freely-available resources, is also an essential component of this type of collection.
It is also useful to consider the cost versus the benefit to a library. What is the relative cost to the libraries to create this virtual collection? And how much would users benefit from bibliographic descriptions of selected web resources? At the University of Vermont, a decision was made to build bibliographic descriptions by adding subject index terms—uncontrolled (Field 653), because it provides more access to these resources. UVM’s experience found that access to these web resources through the existing online catalog was the most efficient delivery method.
This poster presentation will share with the audience how the Select Web Sites database at University of Vermont was created. It outlines workflow procedures, the approaches taken to resolve issues and problems, and the benefits to teaching and learning supports in the campus community. Most importantly, it sets as a challenge to other librarians, the creation of “Virtual Library Collections” databases for library users.
Voyager is the database of materials acquired or licensed by the Libraries. We considered creating either an external Voyager database or a separate database (non-Voyager database) to catalog web resources and to manage specialized finding aids.
We also considered using Z39.50 to present a meta search interface to the public which would include one or more separate databases of web resources. The databases of web resources could have been maintained locally or they could have been a consortium effort such as OCLC’s CORC database.
Using Linkbot software to generate reports twice a month
*Exclude multiple holdings, e-journals!
Vermont web sites
Canadian web sites
ALA/RUSA/MARS—Best of Free Reference Web Sites
Requests (from Library faculty & staff)
Authorities, Media & Electronic Resource Coordinator
Library Assistant Professor
University of Vermont
Burlington, Vermont 05405