Moving Out of the Corner and onto the Web: An Evaluation of Websites Created for Local History Collections in Public Libraries

by Watts, Sarah E.

Abstract (Summary)
Local history collections in public libraries provide access to valuable historical materials related to a specific geographic area. The World Wide Web has presented the collections with an innovative way to communicate to patrons the services the public library can offer through its local history holdings. This paper examines the amount of information and the presentation of information that local history collections in public libraries are offering to patrons in fifty of the most populated areas in the United States. The population and budget per capita of each of the libraries is examined to determine if these aspects have an impact on the effectiveness of the websites.
Bibliographical Information:

Advisor:Dr. Helen Tibbo

School:University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

School Location:USA - North Carolina

Source Type:Master's Thesis

Keywords:archives technological innovations internet public libraries special collections local history electronic information resources united states


Date of Publication:04/12/2006

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