Geographical collections in Greek academic libraries: Current situation and perspectives

Vardakosta, Ifigenia and Kapidakis, Sarantos Geographical collections in Greek academic libraries: Current situation and perspectives., 2011 . In International Conference on Integrated Information, Kos (GR), September 29 - October 3, 2011. (Unpublished) [Conference paper]


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The paper aims at exploring the existence of geospatial collections and the GIS services in Greek academic libraries through a research in their websites. The initial hypothesis is that Greek academic libraries are not familiar with geographical information and services and therefore they have not developed efficient collections and services for their patrons regarding geospatial data. Thus, a research was conducted in various Greek Higher Education Institutions for departments affiliated with geographic information and the use of GIS and those specific libraries websites were scrutinized for the existence of any geographical collection. The findings indicate that only three academic libraries and one Technological Education Institute’s Library offer geospatial information to their users and this specific investigation confirms the hypothesis that Greek university libraries haven’t developed geographical collections and services in spite the fact that Greek Universities sustain an efficient number of departments related to the subjects of geography, geology, environmental studies etc. However, these findings should be considered within the wider context of geospatial information in Greece and how this particular kind of information is spread. This is the only available work providing an overall investigation and appoints the lack of digital geospatial collections and GIS services in Greek academic libraries.

Item type: Conference paper
Keywords: geographic collections, geospatial data, academic libraries, digital libraries, GIS services
Subjects: D. Libraries as physical collections. > DD. Academic libraries.
I. Information treatment for information services > IZ. None of these, but in this section.
Depositing user: Giannis Tsakonas
Date deposited: 04 Oct 2011
Last modified: 31 Jan 2021 11:14


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