Digital Library content creation managers have a variety of purposes, to identify a certain collection, hold the digital objects, and the information on the digital objects. For this assignment in my digital libraries class, we focused on 3 platforms: Archon, ICA-AtOM, and Resource Space.
I. Archon 2/5
Description of My Collection
For my Archon Collection, I pulled together 6 pictures and 4 articles related to Library Space and Design. The pictures were sourced from design award-winning libraries, and the articles were found using PittCat+.
Beard, Jill, and Penny Dale. 2010. “Library Design, Learning Spaces and Academic Literacy.” New Library World 111 (11/12): 480–492. doi:10.1108/03074801011094859. http://www.emeraldinsight.com/10.1108/03074801011094859.
Liu, Suqing, Sansan Liao, and Jing Guo. 2009. “Surviving in the Digital Age by Utilizing Libraries’ Distinctive Advantages.” The Electronic Library 27 (2): 298–307. doi:10.1108/02640470910947647. http://www.emeraldinsight.com/10.1108/02640470910947647.
Niegaard, Hellen. 2011. “Library Space and Digital Challenges.” Library Trends 60 (1): 174–189. doi:10.1353/lib.2011.0028. http://muse.jhu.edu.pitt.idm.oclc.org/journals/library_trends/v060/60.1.niegaard.html.
Paulus, Michael J. 2011. “Reconceptualizing Academic Libraries and Archives in the Digital Age.” Portal: Libraries and the Academy 11 (4): 939–952. doi:10.1353/pla.2011.0037. http://muse.jhu.edu/content/crossref/journals/portal_libraries_and_the_academy/v011/11.4.paulus.html.
Description of the Platform
“The Simple Archival Information System.” What a joke. The only reason I was able to parse this platform at all is because of the online conversation we had about it being a “jobs” oriented position. From there, I made an effort to identify which jobs were vital to create a collection. I’ve identified the tabs that I decided were important below.
The Archon system is visually appealing, if generally unclear about the purpose of each tab. It requires a lot of trial and error to discover where in the platform different pieces of information are. While it expects a certain amount of knowledge about metadata, archiving, and cataloging, there were still some (?) symbols which explained the specific field.
If I hadn’t used Mendeley to hold the collection together while I was imputing the data, it would have been nearly impossible to track, edit and upload each individual record. Because it required inputting ALL of the information about a specific record before the upload of the file (without explaining why you couldn’t upload it upfront) I had to refer constantly back to the digital file and to Mendeley to input the correct information. More importantly, once you clicked save it was difficult to find the appropriate place which housed all of the information of your collection so that you could edit inconsistencies. (turns out it was the “Other Info” tab under the “Collection Manager” tab under “Collections.”
Which brings to light the major issue of Archon, it took an extensive amount of time to identify the important tabs in the workflow, and it was unclear how the transitions work—how to seamlessly create a collection, add objects, describe them, and identify them.
It requires knowledge of metadata, and archival processes, but it was also limited in the creation of metadata for specific digital objects (articles, etc). It handled pictures fairly well, and I managed to create a few folders to identify the difference between my materials.