Identifying the future direction of legal deposit in the United Kingdom: the Digital Library Futures approach

Gooding, P. , Terras, M. and Berube, L. (2021) Identifying the future direction of legal deposit in the United Kingdom: the Digital Library Futures approach. Journal of Documentation, 77(5), pp. 1154-1172. (doi: 10.1108/JD-09-2020-0159)

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Purpose: To date, there has been little research into users of the Legal Deposit Libraries (Non-Print Works) Regulations 2013. This paper addresses that gap by presenting key findings from the AHRC-funded Digital Library Futures project. Its purpose is to present a “user-centric” perspective on the potential future impact of the digital collections that are being created under electronic legal deposit regulations. Design/methodology/approach: The study utilises a mixed methods case study of two academic legal deposit libraries in the United Kingdom: The Bodleian Libraries, University of Oxford; and Cambridge University Library. It combines surveys of users, web log analysis and expert interviews with librarians and cognate professionals. Findings: User perspectives on NPLD were not fully considered in the planning and implementation of the 2013 regulations. The authors present findings from their user survey to show how contemporary tensions between user behaviour and access protocols risk limiting the instrumental value of NPLD collections, which have high perceived legacy value. Originality/value: This is the first study to address the user context for UK Non-Print Legal Deposit. Its value lies in presenting a research-led user assessment of NPLD and in proposing “user-centric” analysis as an addition to the existing “four pillars” of legal deposit research.

Item Type:Articles
Additional Information:The research that informs this article was supported by a grant from the Arts and Humanities Research Council under grant number AH/P005854 between June 2017 and August 2019.
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Gooding, Professor Paul
Authors: Gooding, P., Terras, M., and Berube, L.
Subjects:Z Bibliography. Library Science. Information Resources > Z665 Library Science. Information Science
Z Bibliography. Library Science. Information Resources > Z719 Libraries (General)
Z Bibliography. Library Science. Information Resources > ZA Information resources > ZA4050 Electronic information resources
College/School:College of Arts & Humanities > School of Humanities > Information Studies
Journal Name:Journal of Documentation
ISSN (Online):1758-7379
Published Online:05 April 2021
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2021 Emerald Publishing Ltd
First Published:First published in Journal of Documentation 77(5): 1154-1172
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher

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Project CodeAward NoProject NamePrincipal InvestigatorFunder's NameFunder RefLead Dept
304984Digital Library Futures: The Impact of E-Legal Deposit in the Academic SectorPaul GoodingArts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC)AH/P005845/2Arts - Information Studies