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Collection Building

ISSN: 0160-4953

Online from: 1978

Subject Area: Library and Information Studies

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The librarian as ethnographer: notes towards a strategy for the exploitation of cultural collections


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Title:The librarian as ethnographer: notes towards a strategy for the exploitation of cultural collections
Author(s):Chris Atton, (Lecturer in Information and Media, Napier University, Edinburgh, UK)
Citation:Chris Atton, (1998) "The librarian as ethnographer: notes towards a strategy for the exploitation of cultural collections", Collection Building, Vol. 17 Iss: 4, pp.154 - 158
Keywords:Collection management, Ethnography, National cultures
Article type:Research Paper
DOI:10.1108/01604959810238293 (Permanent URL)
Publisher:MCB UP Ltd
Abstract:Argues that the hybrid nature of collection development (electronic and print) requires a corresponding hybridised system of collection exploitation. Proposes a model for the exploitation of hybrid cultural collections that draws on ethnographic principles. Provides an example of this model - a “cultural map” - that enables librarians, users and researchers to make sense of the complex interactions that take place between the various elements of such hybrid collections.



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