Libraries - organization and services

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

Three challenges: Engaging, rightscaling and innovating

I was in Australia recently, primarily to attend the conference intriguingly entitled ‘The edge of the world‘. The presentation I gave is here, and is embedded below. This was the latest Theta conference, the Australian parallel to Educause. I very much enjoyed the host city, Hobart, not least because of the smell of the sea … Continue reading Three challenges: Engaging, rightscaling and innovating

Defining the library … reflexively

It occurred to me recently that the library definitions I most like have a reflexive quality … Dan Chudnov, for example, is admirably succinct and direct: My professional mission as a librarian is this: Help people build their own libraries. That’s it. That’s all I care about. [One big library] This is from 2006. Interestingly, … Continue reading Defining the library … reflexively

Systemwide organization – sourcing and scaling redux

Libraries are increasingly taking a system-wide perspective of their roles and services. This can take different forms. Think of the close collaboration within the Orbis Cascade Alliance for example, where academic libraries in Washington and Oregon are moving to a shared systems infrastructure. Or think of the various initiatives looking at managing down individual print … Continue reading Systemwide organization – sourcing and scaling redux