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Lam-inating libraries … redux

The shared interests between libraries, archives and museums (LAMs) has been an important line of work for OCLC Research. It is also of course a recurring service, organizational and policy issue in many contexts. A related issue is also of considerable interest for libraries. As we move into a digital environment, library work can increasingly … Continue reading Lam-inating libraries … redux

QR Codes and exhibitions

We spend some time in the very congenial Dayton Art Institute this afternoon. We wandered around the Modern Masters exhibition (from the Smithsonian American Art Museum). I was interested to see the QR codes by the pictures. Here is a somewhat fuzzy picture taken by my son on his phone: Now, the exhibition is an … Continue reading QR Codes and exhibitions

On the discrimination of curators and curations ….

As existing practices evolve and new ones emerge it often takes time for the way in which we talk about them to settle down. There may be some interim terminological confusion. This has happened in our world with ‘archive’ for example. We can also see this happen with curation/curation/curator. In recent conversations, it seems to … Continue reading On the discrimination of curators and curations ….

Lam-inating libraries ….

The shared interests between libraries, archives and museums (LAMs) is an important line of work for OCLC Research. However, a related issue is also of considerable interest for libraries. As we move into a digital environment, library work increasingly needs to understand and benefit from archival and museum perspectives. As libraries digitize primary materials, or … Continue reading Lam-inating libraries ….

Europeana

My colleague Ricky Erway bravely accepted the challenge to talk as an outsider on the challenges faced by Europeana to a European conference on digitization last year. Her remarks are recorded in an article in the LIBER Quarterly. The organisers of the second LIBER/EBLIDA workshop on digitisation (The Hague, October 19-21) asked Ricky Erway of … Continue reading Europeana

QOTD: libraries and museums

CILIP is the UK professional organization for library (and other information) workers. I was interested to read the passage below in a recent submission it made to a parliamentary group looking at public libraries in England. It is referring to MLA, the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council, a government sponsored body which exists to promote … Continue reading QOTD: libraries and museums

Earth works

One of the most interesting things we have seen while in the US is the Serpent Mound in southern Ohio, reputedly the largest effigy earthworks in the world. Atop a plateau overlooking the Brush Creek Valley, Serpent Mound is the largest and finest serpent effigy in the United States. Nearly a quarter of a mile … Continue reading Earth works

Library and archives – visible

We were in Nashville for a couple of days over the Easter period. Doing the tourist thing, we spent a couple of hours in the Country music hall of fame and museum. I was very interested to see at the center of the building, though glass panels, the Frist Library and Archive. The Frist Library … Continue reading Library and archives – visible

QOTD: therapeutic value of objects

A project looking at the use of ‘heritage’ materials in hospital contexts caught my eye … Working with Guy Noble, UCL Hospitals (UCLH)’s Art Curator, as well as the British Museum, Oxford University Museums Service, Reading Museums Service, Islington Education Library Service and the Museum, Libraries and Archives Council, their project is designed to lead … Continue reading QOTD: therapeutic value of objects

Libraries and cultural resources at the University of Calgary

Tom Hickerson, Vice Provost, Libraries and Cultural Resources, and University Librarian, University of Calgary, visitied us last week together with several colleagues. He spoke about their ambitious plans for the new Taylor Family Digital Library. It was especially interesting to hear about the organizational structure within Libraries and Cultural Resources, which brings together several ‘memory … Continue reading Libraries and cultural resources at the University of Calgary