The complexities of digital resources: Collection boundaries and management responsibilities

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The boundaries that define a discrete collection of intellectual or informational resources have never been precise or immutable. With the proliferation of born-digital and digitized analog materials, these boundaries are becoming even less well defined. Supporting users' information needs in the current digital environment requires redefining the responsibilities of persons responsible for executing traditional library collection development practices and archival appraisal strategies. Developing and supporting the necessary technical and organizational infrastructure for long-term sustainability of digital collections will require intentional collaboration among information professionals. This article explores these issues in the context of both academic and state government entities, clarifying the need for a shift in roles for information professionals.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)215-227
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Archival Organization
Issue number1-2
StatePublished - Dec 1 2006


  • Collaboration
  • Collection boundaries
  • Collection management
  • Digital libraries

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Library and Information Sciences


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