“Greening ILL Practices” study completed

In September I hired a firm of environmental impact consultants, California Environmental Associates, to conduct a three-month study of interlibrary loan processes, with an eye toward lowering the carbon footprint of resource sharing operations worldwide.  Affordable best practices was our goal.  OCLC Research and OCLC Delivery Services co-sponsored the study.  Together, the consultants (Aarthi Ananthanarayanan and …

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Google settlement, OCA, and “lending” digital books

This article, from earlier this week in the San Jose Mercury News, deserves a wider audience:   http://www.mercurynews.com/business/ci_10839879?nclick_check=1   Thanks be to my OCLC Research colleague Ricky Erway for pointing it out to me.   The Open Content Alliance was meeting in San Francisco earlier this week when Google’s settlement with authors and publishers was …

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A new work flow economy in resource sharing

In November I surveyed the participants in SHARES, a resource sharing consortium for about 90 RLG Programs partner institutions, to find out how they are coping with the pressures of being expected to provide more and better services with the same amount of staff, or in some cases with staff reductions. My survey was the …

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When the haiku hits the fan…

Last week in Philadelphia, RLG Programs held a two-day event exploring collaborative approaches to managing print collections in a digital era.  The program, entitled “When the Print Hits the Fan,” was attended by 35 collections officers and access heads from over 20 RLG Programs partner institutions in North America, the UK, and Ireland. On Day One we explored four major …

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Inside scoop on collections summit, part two

Previously I talked a little about the original impetus behind the RLG Programs print collections summit coming up next month in Philadelphia. Now I’d like to share a bit about why we invited the institutions we did, and what RLG Programs hopes to get out of the event. Let’s face it: maybe five or six …

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Inside scoop on collections summit, part one

On November 12 and 13, 2007, at the University of Pennsylvania, RLG Programs will hold an invitational summit on collaborative management of print collections. Folks from institutions both inside and outside the RLG Programs partnership have expressed a strong interest in the content and outcomes of this gathering, as well as curiosity about certain aspects …

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