Picture Perfect: Using Photographic Previews to Enhance Realia Collections for Library Patrons and Staff.

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  • Author(s): Rubel, Dejah T.
  • Source:
    Information Technology & Libraries. Jun2017, Vol. 36 Issue 2, p59-67. 9p. 1 Graph.
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    • Abstract:
      Like many academic libraries, the Ferris Library for Information, Technology, and Education (FLITE) acquires a range of materials, including learning objects, to best suit our students' needs. Some of these objects, such as the educational manipulatives and anatomical models, are common to academic libraries but others, such as the tabletop games, are not. After our liaison to the School of Education discovered some accessibility issues with Innovative Interfaces' Media Management module, we decided to examine all three of our realia collections to determine what our goals in providing catalog records and visual representations would be. Once we concluded that we needed photographic previews to both enhance discovery and speed circulation service, choosing processing methods for each collection became much easier. This article will discuss how we created enhanced records for all three realia collections including custom metadata, links to additional materials, and photographic previews. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]
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