Libraries - organization and services

Memory institutions redux: pluralizing memories and a stay against forgetting

Pluralized memories We are now used to memory institutions as a way of collectively referring to libraries, archives and museums. However, memory, as we know, is complicated, and I sometimes hesitate before using the term. The complications are certainly alive in this Decade of Centenaries period in Ireland.  One is often reminded of how alternative and contested memories … Continue reading Memory institutions redux: pluralizing memories and a stay against forgetting

University Futures are shaping Library Futures

[This blog entry is written to accompany the release of University Futures, Library Futures: Aligning library strategies with institutional directions. This is a collaboration between Ithaka S+R and OCLC Research, and is supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. There is a companion blog entry by Deanna Marcum and Roger Schonfeld. The report looks at … Continue reading University Futures are shaping Library Futures

A reservoir not an ocean – visualizing and operationalizing collective collections

When I think of the Google Books initiative now, three things stick with me. The first is simply what an audacious idea it was – to digitize all the books. The second is that without it, the book literature is less accessible than the web literature, which seems a pity. Google Books has allowed fine-grained discovery over … Continue reading A reservoir not an ocean – visualizing and operationalizing collective collections

The powers of library consortia 4: Scoping, sourcing and scaling

The powers of library consortia 1: How consortia scale capacity, learning, innovation and influence The powers of library consortia 2: Soft power and purposeful mobilization: scaling learning and innovation The powers of library consortia 3: Scaling influence and capacity The powers of library consortia 4: Scoping, sourcing and right-scaling In the previous blog posts in … Continue reading The powers of library consortia 4: Scoping, sourcing and scaling

The powers of library consortia 3: Scaling influence and capacity for impact and efficiency

The powers of library consortia 1: How consortia scale capacity, learning, innovation and influence The powers of library consortia 2: Soft power and purposeful mobilization: scaling learning and innovation   The powers of library consortia 3: Scaling influence and capacity The powers of library consortia 4: Scoping, sourcing and scaling  Scaling capacity (building shared infrastructure and … Continue reading The powers of library consortia 3: Scaling influence and capacity for impact and efficiency

The powers of library consortia 2: Soft power and purposeful mobilization: scaling learning and innovation

This is the second of 4 blog posts about library consortia. I will link to the others here as they appear: The powers of library consortia 1: How consortia scale capacity, learning, innovation and influence   The powers of library consortia 2: Soft power and purposeful mobilization: scaling learning and innovation The powers of library consortia … Continue reading The powers of library consortia 2: Soft power and purposeful mobilization: scaling learning and innovation

The powers of library consortia 1: How consortia scale capacity, learning, innovation and influence

This is the first of 4 blog posts about library consortia. I will link to the others here as they appear: The powers of library consortia 1: How consortia scale capacity, learning, innovation and influence The powers of library consortia 2: Soft power and purposeful mobilization: scaling learning and innovation The powers of library consortia … Continue reading The powers of library consortia 1: How consortia scale capacity, learning, innovation and influence

The facilitated collection

Collections have been central to library identity – we have discussed how library collections are changing in a network environment elsewhere (Collection Directions: The Evolution of Library Collections and Collecting – PDF). Support for the discovery, curation and creation of resources in research and learning practices continues to evolve. In this blog entry I discuss … Continue reading The facilitated collection

Research information management systems – a new service category?

It has been interesting watching Research Information Management or RIM emerge as a new service category in the last couple of years. RIM is supported by a particular system category, the Research Information Management System (RIMs), sometimes referred to by an earlier name, the CRIS (Current Research Information System). For reasons discussed below, this area … Continue reading Research information management systems – a new service category?

The decentered library network presence

Think of two trends in the development of the library’s network presence. These have emerged successively and continue to operate together. A centripetal trend producing a library network presence centered on the institutional website, as the library wants to offer an integrated service. A centrifugal trend, unbundling functionality and placing it in a variety of … Continue reading The decentered library network presence