Reflection: 3.2 Manage Collections

Part 3 of the Collection Development Plan and the Video Recording Collection in Omeka demonstrate my ability to manage, evaluate, and preserve virtual collections of information resources.  The plan addresses concepts, issues, and methods related to the acquisition and disposition of resources, including evaluation and selection, as well as concepts, issues, and methods related to maintenance of collections.  The catalog demonstrates my developmental, descriptive, and evaluative skills needed to organize recorded knowledge and information resources, including mastery of the systems of cataloging, metadata, indexing, and classification standards and methods used to organize recorded knowledge and information.

In forming evaluative questions to ask regarding the collection within the plan, I address inclusion of a wide variety of perspectives regarding age ranges, ethnicities, and classes, among other social indicators.  I also recommend considering usage statistics when acquiring or disposing of materials.  These considerations might also apply to maintenance of the collection.  However, the section on resource sharing assists in maintenance as well, in filling gaps in the collection.

I used Dublin Core to catalog the video artifacts in Omeka, including most, if not all, of the 15 standard elements, thereby displaying the descriptive skills needed to organize recorded knowledge.  This system of cataloging requires the use of metadata adhering to classification standards to organize material and make it discoverable.

Taken together these artifacts demonstrate my ability to develop and manage collections.

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