Describing grey literature again: a survey of collection policies

TitleDescribing grey literature again: a survey of collection policies
Publication TypeConference Paper
Year of Publication2005
AuthorsLehman, H, Webster, JG
ISBN Number13862316
KeywordsCollection development/policy statements, digital libraries, Electronic publishing, Grey literature, Virtual library
AbstractAt Oregon State University, we are exploring the differences between collections formed by digitizing existing materials on our shelves and those created by identifying and acquiring digital objects beyond our library. One example is the proposed Tsunami Digital Library ({TDL)} that would support a growing research program with users needing access to diverse information, much of it grey. The {TDL} is conceptualized as an information portal designed to coordinate the access and distribution of Internet based tsunami related information. The distributed collection is maintained by contributing partner sites within a digital library system. Yet, defining this digital collection presents challenges that differ from our traditional approach to collection development as the audience goes well beyond {OSU}, materials are created and housed elsewhere, and the formats are not consistent. Building on our needs assessment of potential users of the {TDL}, we surveyed librarians active in the field of digital collections on their practical and theoretical approaches to collecting digital grey literature. Their insights and a careful review of the literature of digital grey collections provide a context for creating a specific collection development policy. Our experience is transferable to any librarian collecting digital grey literature. {ABSTRACT} {FROM} {AUTHOR} Copyright of Conference Papers: International Conference on Grey Literature is the property of {TextRelease} and its content may not be copied or emailed to multiple sites or posted to a listserv without the copyright holder's express written permission. However, users may print, download, or email articles for individual use. This abstract may be abridged. No warranty is given about the accuracy of the copy. Users should refer to the original published version of the material for the full abstract. (Copyright applies to all Abstracts)