We gratefully acknowledge the support of the Institute of Museum and Library Services National Leadership Grant for Libraries, award number LG-06-06-0037-06, and the Advancing Knowledge program of the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Institute of Museum and Library Services, award number PK-50027-07.
Finding and providing context online†
Version of Record online: 3 JUN 2009
Copyright © 2008 by American Society for Information Science and Technology
Proceedings of the American Society for Information Science and Technology
Volume 45, Issue 1, pages 1–3, 2008
How to Cite
Buckland, M. K., Larson, R. R. and Shaw, R. (2008), Finding and providing context online. Proc. Am. Soc. Info. Sci. Tech., 45: 1–3. doi: 10.1002/meet.2008.14504503146
- Issue online: 3 JUN 2009
- Version of Record online: 3 JUN 2009
Knowing the context and relationships involved makes the difference between seeing and understanding. In a print environment the reference collection of the library provides a carefully constructed environment of auxiliary resources well-designed for exploring context. In the digital environment the need for an easily-used, well-stocked, well-organized reference collection has been neglected. We report on a project to demonstrate techniques to enable anyone to easily use reliable sources to find the background for topics, places, events, institutions, and persons encountered in online reading of biographical texts and journals on Irish culture and history.