Research Library Partnership

  • Systemwide organization - sourcing and scaling reduxFebruary 01, 2013 – 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...read full entry...
  • Elected ...May 11, 2011 – I thought it would be nice to record that a couple of my colleagues had recently been elected to positions of note ... Jackie Dooley, Program Officer, has been elected Vice-President/President Elect for 2011/12 of the American Society of Archivists. This is really a wonderful tribute to Jackie's contribution over...read full entry...
  • The Collections shiftMarch 03, 2011 – 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...read full entry...
  • The library network and the scholarly recordFebruary 13, 2011 – 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...read full entry...
  • Managing down collections ...January 21, 2011 – I was interested to read this from Karen Schneider a while ago: "Centralized mass storage for legacy print materials (paper-based books and journals) is by far the most under-observed trend in libraries today". I agree, with the friendly qualification that the trend is about managing the relationship between local, mass...read full entry...
  • Evolving research life ...October 17, 2010 – I was interviewed for the British Library's Growing Knowledge: the evolution of research exhibition, which opened last week. I have not seen the physical installation yet but there is an online presence. See the gallery of digital research initiatives they showcase, for example, or the network research tools. One theme...read full entry...
  • We're not going anywhere .... OK, we lied ...June 14, 2010 – Last Friday I attended the RLG Partnership Symposium. The topic - When the books leave the building - reflected the growing discussion around the management of legacy print collections across the academic library system. The balance between local print, offsite print (local or shared), and emerging digitised collections, presents interesting...read full entry...
  • Reading ...April 12, 2010 – We have produced or been involved in a variety of reports recently. I thought it would be interesting to do a list of some ... Godby, Carol Jean. 2010. Mapping ONIX to MARC. Report and crosswalk produced by OCLC Research. Available online at http://www.oclc.org/research/publications/library/2010/2010-14.pdf (report) and http://www.oclc.org/research/publications/library/2010/2010-14a.xls (crosswalk). (A welcome...read full entry...
  • Lam-inating libraries ....March 28, 2010 – 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...read full entry...
  • Sourcing and scalingFebruary 21, 2010 – One of the major issues facing libraries as the network reconfigures processes is how appropriately to source and scale activities. What does it make sense to do at institutional level, what does it make sense to source elsewhere (repository services in the cloud, for example, or insitutional email services from...read full entry...
  • EuropeanaJanuary 03, 2010 – 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...read full entry...
  • Research assessment and the library ...December 27, 2009 – I am pleased to note the appearance of a new report on research assessment and the role of libraries. This has been prepared as part of our Research Information Management stream of work in support of the RLG Partnership. The study is a comparative review of formal assessment regimes in...read full entry...
  • Ebooks and/or digital booksAugust 20, 2009 – I was in a meeting with a group of folks from research libraries the other week. I was interested in a particular terminological issue: 'ebooks' and 'digital books' were each being used in conversation. I asked was there a pattern of consistent use here. 'Not complete consistency' was the answer,...read full entry...
  • User symposium presentationsJune 21, 2009 – The presentations from the 2009 RLG Partnership Annual Symposium: Hearing voices: connecting with users, enhancing services, are now available. Here is how the event was described .. User studies have become a critical component in developing and improving services in our institutions. However, investigations into the needs of users and...read full entry...
  • Sharing usability resultsJune 10, 2009 – I was interested to see that MIT Libraries have a public page with links to various usability results. I thought it was quite interesting, and that, while acknowledging some local flavor, it might be useful if more libraries shared results in this way. More generally, we know that there are...read full entry...
  • Weekend readingMay 29, 2009 – I am pleased to note two recently released RLG Partnership reports. Schaffner, Jennifer. The Metadata is the Interface: Better Description for Better Discovery of Archives and Special Collections (.pdf: 190K/17 pp.)Smith-Yoshimura, Karen. Networking Names (.pdf: 135K/25 pp.)...read full entry...
  • Reputation enhancementMay 20, 2009 – I was interested to see the combination of services presented on the Research and Enterprise pages of the London School of Economics. These include: The LSE experts directoryLSE Research Online (the institutional repository)Links to corporate relations, commercialization activites, and to podcasts, videos and other public outputs. I was especially interested...read full entry...
  • Recording and disclosing print archiving commitmentsFebruary 15, 2009 – My colleague Constrance Malpas is inviting comments on the use of MARC Field 583 "to record and effectively disclose local print archiving commitments so that libraries might better judge the relative risk of local de-duplication efforts or, conversely, where maximum preservation benefit might be gained through a distributed archiving effort"....read full entry...
  • Metadata creation practicesJanuary 30, 2009 – We have released a report on metadata creation practices based on a survey of RLG partner institutions. 134 responses from 67 institutions were received. Ayers, Leighann, Beth Picknally Camden, Lisa German, Peggy Johnson, Caroline Miller and Karen Smith-Yoshimura. 2009. What We've Learned from the RLG Partners Metadata Creation Workflows Survey....read full entry...
  • Collective collection policiesJanuary 23, 2009 – One of the more interesting library developments in recent years has been the growing interest in cooperative approaches to the storage and management of collections. This has been made more real by pressures on space, and the opportunity cost of using that space to house print collections. Such collaborative sourcing...read full entry...
  • Libraries and research information practiceJanuary 21, 2009 – I am pleased to note the appearance of a new report which synthesizes research findings about scholarly information practices and draws out lessons for libraries .. Palmer, Carole L., Lauren C. Teffeau and Carrie M. Pirmann. 2009. Scholarly Information Practices in the Online Environment: Themes from the Literature and Implications...read full entry...
  • A referenceable listJanuary 19, 2009 – My colleague Constance Malpas has created an interesting Worldcat List in support of ongoing work: Selected print-only, refereed scholarly journals in the humanities with fewer than 50 aggregate library holdings. Holdings count limited to recs containing ISSN and English-language cataloging. [RLG Prospective Journals Preservation Project - sample titles] This is...read full entry...