Most patrons won't understand the meanings of "digital collections" and 
"electronic resources". We should use terminology that they would use. 
My brain is a fog this morning so I don't have any brilliant suggestions 
at the moment. There is likely to be UX-type research about this in the 
current literature. "Databases" is probably better, for example. 
"Articles" is probably even better than "databases".

For what it's worth...


Erik Sandall, MLIS
Electronic Services Librarian & Webmaster
Mechanics' Institute
57 Post Street
San Francisco, CA 94104
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On 3/18/2015 9:25 AM, Matt Sherman wrote:
> I haven't done any testing on that, but your understanding it the
> conventional on in the field.
> On Wed, Mar 18, 2015 at 12:22 PM, Derek Merleaux <[log in to unmask]>
> wrote:
>> I've always been inclined to use "digital collections" to talk about a
>> collection of things that have been digitized or perhaps including born
>> digital things that are part of a "collection" in an archival sort of way.
>> I prefer the term "electronic resources" for the databases and other
>> things...
>> -Derek
>> On Wed, Mar 18, 2015 at 12:04 PM, Jenn C <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>>> Hi-
>>> We're having a discussion about some web site labeling and navigation. We
>>> have a list of "digital collections" which are collections that contain
>>> items we've digitized. There was concern expressed that we have something
>>> labeled "digital collections" patrons might think that includes databases
>>> and other items.
>>> Has anyone done user testing around this or have any experience/ideas
>> about
>>> how to handle the difference between these?
>>> Thanks!
>>> jenn