Libraries - organization and services

Sourcing and scaling: the University of California

I was interested to see Heather Christenson describe The Hathi Trust as a collaboratively sourced web scale research library in a recent article (Hathi Trust: a research library at web scale. PDF). This reminded me of an entry I wrote a while ago about sourcing and scaling (which is referenced in the article). In a … Continue reading Sourcing and scaling: the University of California

Advocacy: public library as amenity and necessity

Downward pressure on the cost of public services creates issues for public libraries. A growth in advocacy is a natural response, and this in turn creates pressing questions about value, and in particular about how different stakeholders potentially perceive value differently. Who one is addressing, and with what message, has become very important. These topics … Continue reading Advocacy: public library as amenity and necessity

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

A small note on sustainability, business models and words …

Sustainability is an important aspect of digital library initiatives. Partly because they are often funded by grant or special monies, out of the mainstream of business as usual. For this reason, it is not surprising to see how much attention the topic has received. Before coming to OCLC I worked for JISC in the UK. … Continue reading A small note on sustainability, business models and words …

Internal boundary changes .. the library in the institution

It has been interesting in recent years to see how library boundaries within universities have shifted as relationships with other campus providers potentially change. This is natural enough as the network has changed the way in which research, learning and administration are carried out within the university in important ways, with follow-on information management and … Continue reading Internal boundary changes .. the library in the institution

The library building and the library service

Inside Higher Ed has an interesting piece about library buildings, From modernist to modern. It talks about how Lafayette College and the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth embarked on projects to transform the Modernist libraries “at the heart of their campuses into modern, technologically advanced, sustainable centers for learning.” Lafayette and UMass-Dartmouth are far from … Continue reading The library building and the library service

The Collections shift

A few things about library collection shifts came to my attention this week … Taken together, they underline several central trends: the move to electronic, the managing down of print collections, and the curation of institutionally-generated learning and research resources. Rick Anderson has a typically pointed post about Cloud-sourcing Research Collections: Managing Print in the … Continue reading The Collections shift

The institution and the network … a question of scale

I was interested to come across this passage in a presentation [ppt] about library strategy by Dr Paul Ayris of University College London: Challenges Identifying the needs of UCL researchers and students, and recognising the most appropriate tools to meet these needs Fitting such developments into an electronic world which now focuses work not on … Continue reading The institution and the network … a question of scale

The library network and the scholarly record

The library community is a highly interconnected one. Networks are motivated both by library mission and effective management of resources. This trend will accelerate as the Internet favors shared services, and libraries will see more benefit in building such shared services. The Hathi Trust is an important example. The growth of interest in sharing library … Continue reading The library network and the scholarly record

There is more to discovery than you think …

Colleagues at the University of Minnesota have produced another must-read report on the discoverability of library resources [Splash page, PDF]. Importantly, it provides a framework within which to think about evolving issues and in this way makes a real contribution to our understanding of the environment and ability to plan for change. Much of the … Continue reading There is more to discovery than you think …