Library special collections contain subject-specific subsets of materials that are often buried in library catalogs and databases. ARC offers libraries the opportunity to promote their unique, themed collections by creating an instance of its Collex interface for them and then including the collection in the ARC catalog, porting metadata to various scholarly research communities as well as to the library’s own themed collection interface. In addition to presenting that themed collection, the Collex interface aggregates related materials from multiple proprietary and open-source catalogs such as JSTOR and ProjectMuse. A Library’s themed Collex interface will become a complete research environment dedicated to that particular theme.
Michigan State University Library used Collex and the ARC Catalog to create its “Studies in Radicalism Online” interface, which highlights materials in its collection and gathers those materials together with other websites, resources, and documents relevant to the history of radicalism.
Benefits of Collex and of joining the ARC community
ARC aggregates content from a variety of institutions, collections, and journals, including:
For further information about adding your themed collection to ARC, including services and pricing, contact the ARC offices at idhmc[at]tamu[dot]edu.