Book Collecting Contests in the Digital Age: Relevance and Impact of New Media

By Angela Rathmel and Monica A. Claassen.

Published by The International Journal of the Book

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Article: Electronic $US5.00

The Snyder Book Collecting Contest at the University of Kansas is among the oldest and longest running contests of its type among university campuses in the US. As book formats have evolved and online media expanded in the publishing and scholarly communities, book collecting contests have tended to hold onto print as a medium seemingly unique to the art of collecting. In its 55th year, however, the Snyder contest officially expanded its rules to include the eligibility of new media, similar to what library collections might contain. The inclusion of expanded media involved a variety of new issues to the practice of collecting and the evolving role of the library. Exploring the literature of collecting practices, as well as the experiences of other contests of this type, the researchers reveal both theoretical and practical issues to address when including digital content in such contests, including: the evolving perspective of what constitutes a work and what constitutes ownership, educating potential entrants on copyright in the digital environment, and marketing the libraries’ relevance in print and digital mediums.

Keywords: Book Collecting, Copyright, Ownership, Education, Libraries

The International Journal of the Book, Volume 9, Issue 4, pp.17-30. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 6.570MB).

Angela Rathmel

Electronic Resources Librarian, Acquisitions/Serials, University of Kansas Libraries, Lawrence, USA

As an electronic resource librarian, my position involves issues in the ownership, license and use of digital content and particularly the transitions from print to electronic content. Working in an academic library and because I am also a former teacher, I remain interested in educating users on the changing nature of libraries and issues that impact use of electronic content. I served as a member of the Snyder Book Collecting contest for 5 years and was chair of the 50th Anniversary event committee.

Monica A. Claassen

Web Developer, Library Integrated Technology Services, University of Kansas Libraries, USA

Web administrator for the University of Kansas Libraries, supporting web content creation, management and assessment. Currently serves on the Snyder Book Collecting Contest committee.


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