Reuse of Existing Records – Digital Library Reuse Assessment

Liz Woolcott


Content reuse, or how digital library materials are utilized and repurposed, is a key indicator of the impact and value of a digital collection. This presentation demonstrates the work of an IMLS funded grant project, Developing a Framework for Measuring Reuse of Digital Objects (LG-73-17-0002-17) that is conducting an in-depth needs assessment of the Digital Library community to develop a reuse assessment toolkit. It also illustrates the variety of ways digital library objects are being reused and shares the results of the grant team’s work, thus far, including preliminary survey data analysis and in-person and virtual focus groups session feedback.


Liz Woolcott is the Head of Cataloging and Metadata Services for Utah State University’s Merrill-Cazier Library and is the co-founder of the Library Workflow Exchange. She has worked in cataloging and metadata coordination for 14 years. Her research interests include workflow analysis, project management, and impact assessment.