The project, “Revitalizing Government Information Collections in Libraries via User Experience (UX) and Emerging Technologies,” seeks to exhibit, catalog, and archive United States government information for library resources that maintain high usability in a land of dense and rich information. UX best practices will be applied to government information webpages and LibGuides to provide users with resources that have a modern feel, easy navigation, and up-to-date information.
Tara Das, Government Information Librarian at Columbia University, and Julie Robbins, a graduate student at Pratt Institute School of Library and Information Science, will launch the project this spring.
"The government information landscape has changed dramatically in the last decade, and continues to evolve,” said Alysse Jordan, Interim Director of Social Science Libraries at Columbia. “Funding from METRO's Innovative Internship program comes at an exciting time of transition, and presents us with a unique opportunity to re-imagine this content and to re-engage with researchers from a broad range of fields."
METRO’s Innovative Internship program was launched in December 2012. Designed to foster innovative work in METRO’s member institutions, the Innovative Internship program provides stipends each fall and spring semester to graduate students and recent graduate degree recipients to support their work in local cultural heritage institutions in the METRO membership.
The Lehman Social Sciences Library holds a contemporary collection of more than 330,000 volumes and approximately 1,700 current periodical titles. It includes materials acquired by Columbia libraries since 1974 in political science, sociology, social and cultural anthropology, political geography, journalism, environmental science, as well as a rich collection of materials on post-World-War-II international relations. It is also home to the Digital Social Science Center, U.S. Government Documents and New York State Documents collections, and more than 185,000 print maps. For more information about Lehman Library, visit http://library.columbia.edu/locations/lehman.html.
Columbia University Libraries is one of the top five academic research library systems in North America. The collections include over 13 million volumes, over 160,000 journals and serials, as well as extensive electronic resources, manuscripts, rare books, microforms, maps, and graphic and audio-visual materials. The Libraries employs more than 400 professional and support staff and hosts over 4.7 million visitors each year. The website of the Libraries is the gateway to its services and resources: library.columbia.edu.