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Local studies collections online: an investigation in Irish public libraries

Lara Barry (Dublin City Libraries, Ireland)
Lucy A. Tedd (Department of Information Studies, Aberystwyth University, Aberystwyth, UK)

Program: electronic library and information systems

ISSN: 0033-0337

Article publication date: 25 April 2008

Abstract

Purpose

This paper aims to investigate how public libraries in Ireland are using their websites to present local studies collections online.

Design/methodology/approach

All the websites of public libraries in Ireland were evaluated against a checklist of 50 criteria by one of the authors. An analytic description was provided of the four highest‐ranking websites and semi‐structured interviews were held with staff in these library authorities.

Findings

Several interesting trends in Irish local studies and their online presentation were identified. Overall the websites were well‐presented and had a strong sense of branding. Users of these websites typically come from the Irish diaspora in Europe, the US and Australia. Library 2.0 “tools” had been adopted by three of the four authorities investigated, adding value to their websites. Recommendations for future developments are included.

Originality/value

This research should add to the relatively sparse literature available on local authority local studies websites.

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Citation

Barry, L. and Tedd, L.A. (2008), "Local studies collections online: an investigation in Irish public libraries", Program: electronic library and information systems, Vol. 42 No. 2, pp. 163-186. https://doi.org/10.1108/00330330810867710

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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