Historypin for Library Image Collections: New Modes of Access for Unique Materials at the University of Saskatchewan Library

Craig Harkema, Catherine Nygren


A combination of user needs and an evolving information landscape make it imperative for libraries to plan for and initiate digital projects with interface in mind. To meet the needs of a wide range of digital library users, supplementary interfaces should be considered from the beginning of a project rather than simply adding an out-of-the-box interface with basic search functionality. This paper discusses the theoretical and practical considerations of selecting or implementing interfaces for the exploration of library content. It uses the University Library, University of Saskatchewan as a case study, drawing on, in particular, the use of Historypin as a way to geolocate and interact with the Library's Postcard Collection.


digital libraries; digital humanities; user interface; mapping; augmented reality; special collections; image collections

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.21083/partnership.v7i2.1970

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