21st-Century Research Library Collections

I was fortunate to attend the final session of the recent Association of Research Libraries membership meeting on this topic. The panel of presentations served as the occasion for the release of a new briefing paper for research library directors, “21st-Century Collections: Calibration of Investment and Collaborative Action.” The paper is the work of the …

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Libraries rebound

I’d like to put in a plug for the next event for those who are in the OCLC Research Libraries Partnership, which is Libraries Rebound: Embracing Mission, Maximizing Impact (June 5-6, Philadelphia). We are still confirming speakers but so far we’ve got a great line up of speakers — we’re also adding reactor panels, so …

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More about the “mean news”

A while ago I blogged about Sarah M. Pritchard’s talk at the RBMS preconference. I’m still quite taken with her talk about aligning collections and services with mission, and now it’s available online. Go listen to it (she’s the first speaker in the session). You won’t be sorry. Other presentations from the preconference are also …

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The Empires Fight Back – Globalization and Area Studies

Last week at our FutureCast meeting, Deborah Jakubs, University Librarian at Duke, gave us a thoughtful analysis of internationalizing education and research collections. She was commenting on Ben Wildavsky’s talk about an increasingly mobile academy, the emergence of global universities, and the role of global rankings. Deborah  put Wildavsky’s thesis about globalization and higher education …

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The Scottish Presence in the Global Library Resource

“Collective collections” are the combined library collections of multiple institutions. They may exist as a physical aggregation of materials at a single location; they may exist through a service layer that integrates distinct collections into a single resource. Or they may be only notional: a hypothetical combination that can be mined for intelligence to inform …

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OCLC Research 2010 – Cloud Library

The Cloud Library project (see the exposition that follows for a quick reductive overview of the idea) got a lot of attention and had a big impact in the research library community this past year. My colleague, Constance Malpas, is the principal intellectual engine driving this effort. She’s shaped the opportunities, divined the evidence to …

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Pat the Elephant

There is a well-known fable about blind men with contrasting views on the anatomy of an elephant, each having examined a separate piece of the beast and independently concluded that it is either very like a spear, or a fan, or a snake, etc.  Even in combination their observations fail to provide a very good …

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