Google Alerts can be used to monitor the occurrence of keywords and alphanumeric strings, such as digital collection or digital object names, on websites across the internet. These search phrases can be defined in the Google Alerts interface, using boolean search strategies similar to those available in the Google search engine. This allows practitioners to see when others are mentioning or embedding their digital collections and digital objects.
Suggested search strategies to track Google Alerts for digital library content include:
Practitioners should follow the practices laid out in the “Ethical considerations and guidelines for the assessment of use and reuse of digital content.” The Guidelines are meant both to inform practitioners in their decision-making, and to model for users what they can expect from those who steward digital collections.
D-CRAFT. (2023). Google Alert. Digital Content Reuse Assessment Framework Toolkit (D-CRAFT) ; Council on Library & Information Resources. https://reuse.diglib.org/toolkit/google-alerts/