Past Forward: Inspriation

[This is the fifth and final post in a series on the OCLC Research Library Partnership meeting, Past Forward.] I’d like to wrap up by touching on a theme that’s sort of hard to express; the almost overwhelming inspiration I took away from this meeting. Many of our speakers (and participants) put forward a beautiful …

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Past Forward: Skills Challenge

[This is the fourth in a series on the OCLC Research Library Partnership meeting, Past Forward. I'll wrap up with one final post at the end of this week.] Erin O’Meara dropped the bomb during her presentation on the challenges of dealing with “born digital” materials. There are an increasing number of job postings for …

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Past Forward: Collaboration Station

[This is the third in a series on the OCLC Research Library Partnership meeting, Past Forward. More to come!] Another theme that emerged during the meeting was collaboration. Now, when we say “collaboration” what we I generally think of, and what I believe is commonly understood in the community, is collaboration better two or more …

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Past Forward: New ways forward

This is the second in a series on the OCLC Research Library Partnership meeting, Past Forward. Stay tuned for more! In my last blog post, I underscored the “one library” theme — how special collections are integrating into the broader library and beyond. In this post, I’m going to take a look at new ways …

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Past Forward: One Library

This is the first in a series on the OCLC Research Library Partnership meeting, Past Forward. Past Forward, a meeting for the OCLC Research Library Partnership was held last month, June 4-5 (with a pre-meeting workshop on June 3rd). We’ve just posted the videos and other outputs for the meeting, and it falls to me …

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Special Collections in the Collective Collection

Last month I facilitated a forum at the New-York Historical Society about Putting ‘Special’ in the ‘Collective Collection.’ We think it might be the first ever meeting about the centrality of distinctive and unique materials in discourse about the contemporary research ecosystem of shared print agreements, digital materials (both free and licensed), print collections, regional …

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OCLC Research 2012: ArchiveGrid

This is the fourth posting in a short series, looking back on just some of what we’ve done in the last year. ArchiveGrid is both a discovery system for an aggregation for archival collection descriptions, and a research sandbox, where we can experiment with both tightly and loosely structured data, and also try out interface …

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OCLC Research 2012: Born Digital

This is the third posting in a miniseries of blog postings, looking back on what we’ve done in the last year. More to come! One of the findings from our 2010 survey of special collections and archives in the US and Canada was that dealing with “born-digital” materials is one of the most challenging issues …

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Born Digital for Those Born Analog

The first outcome of an ongoing OCLC Research activity, Demystifying Born Digital, is a report, You’ve Got to Walk Before You Can Run: First Steps for Managing Born-Digital Content Received on Physical Media. Jackie Dooley and I submitted a draft of this document to some of the smartest people we know (see the list here) …

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