Interfacing the Collection

  • Daniel Sondheim University of Alberta
  • Geoffrey Rockwell University of Alberta
  • Mihaela Ilovan
  • Milena Radzikowska
  • Stan Ruecker
Keywords: Electronic collections, Large-scale collections, Interface, User-managed collections, Editable collections


The digital age has led to the advent of electronic collections with millions or even billions of items. This paper examines the types of interfaces that are emerging for large-scale collections, specifically addressing what a large collection looks like online and how it can be managed by users.  In examining these questions, we propose some features that we feel are universally desirable in interfaces to collections.  Overall, there appear to be two sets of features that help users effectively use and sort online content: tools to view, organize and navigate collections; and tools to customize and manage user-created sub-collections.

Author Biography

Daniel Sondheim, University of Alberta
Daniel Sondheim is a graduate student in Humanities Computing and Library and Information Studies at the University of Alberta, 116 Street and 85 Avenue, Edmonton, AB, Canada T6G 2R3