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Impact of resource discovery training on development of Museum of English Rural life (MERL)

The Museum of English Rural Life (MERL) and Special Collections, University of Reading participated in the development of the resource discovery training workshops as part of the 2014/2015 Digital Scholarships project. At that time they were going through a major overhaul of both the museum and their website.

The resource discovery training played a prominent role in the future direction of the website as well as their strategic decision to invest in building digital awareness, skills and confidence towards the goal of embedding digital culture in their institution.

Read their updated case study and the role of the resource discovery training programme in securing Arts Council England ACE Museum Resilience Fund funding to explore and expand digital capabilities at MERL.


By Karen Colbron

I focus on access and use of digital content in learning, teaching and research, offering guidance and support through the ‘Making your digital collections easier to discover’ online guide aimed at Jisc’s higher education members.
Additionally, I manage the digital archival collections group purchasing scheme. An innovative purchasing model based on a very simple principle – the more products collectively purchased by our members, the lower the price for everyone involved.

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