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Monitoring the online antiquarian book trade: the public good and textual heritage in South Korea

Wayne de Fremery (Global Korean Studies, Sogang University, Seoul, Republic of Korea)
Seonghun Kim (iSchool – Library and Information Science and Data Science, Sungkyunkwan University (SKKU), Seoul, Republic of Korea)
Seulki Do (iSchool – Library and Information Science and Data Science, Sungkyunkwan University (SKKU), Seoul, Republic of Korea)
Sangeun Han (iSchool – Library and Information Science and Data Science, Sungkyunkwan University (SKKU), Seoul, Republic of Korea)
Sam G. Oh (iSchool – Library and Information Science and Data Science, Sungkyunkwan University (SKKU), Seoul, Republic of Korea)

Library Hi Tech

ISSN: 0737-8831

Article publication date: 24 June 2020

Issue publication date: 23 February 2021

Abstract

Purpose

This paper describes a model for integrating publicly available private information concerning textual heritage on the websites of South Korean antiquarian booksellers into the information management systems of the National Library of South Korea (NLK).

Design/methodology/approach

A method for formalizing the coproduction of heritage knowledge is presented, using the NLK and textual heritage as a case study.

Findings

An investigation of the systems and services of the NLK, interviews with South Korean antiquarian booksellers and the researchers' ability to design a system (including an application profile) that will facilitate the integration of data curated by antiquarian booksellers into the systems of the NLK suggest that it is possible to formalize the coproduction of heritage knowledge.

Research limitations/implications

Although this case study is limited to describing the information management procedures of a small number of online South Korean antiquarian booksellers and a single national library, its findings have broad implications. Through discussion of a specific case, the paper identifies a large class of resources that, if acquired, circulated and conserved by public libraries, is likely to enhance the public good provided by public libraries. It also provides an example of how public libraries can better meet their obligations as service and memory institutions by building systems that enable the coproduction of heritage resources by documenting and conserving records related to heritage transactions.

Practical implications

The paper demonstrates that it is possible to create a formal system for coproducing heritage information.

Social implications

The ability of public libraries to coproduce heritage information is likely to increase the public good provided by public libraries and to make heritage resources more accessible.

Originality/value

This paper presents a novel model enabling the curation of publicly available private information about antiquarian texts by a national library to aid cultural understanding and the preservation of documents describing historical texts.

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Citation

de Fremery, W., Kim, S., Do, S., Han, S. and Oh, S.G. (2021), "Monitoring the online antiquarian book trade: the public good and textual heritage in South Korea", Library Hi Tech, Vol. 39 No. 1, pp. 233-248. https://doi.org/10.1108/LHT-04-2019-0092

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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