Our upcoming meeting, Libraries and Research: Supporting Change/Changing Support

Those of us who work with institutions that are engaged with the OCLC Research Library Partnership are all abuzz about our upcoming meeting, Libraries and Research: Supporting Change/Changing Support. The meeting on 11-12 June (exclusively for OCLC Research Library Partners) will put a spotlight on how the evolving nature of academic research practices and scholarship places new …

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Does technical services still have a distinct role?

That was the topic discussed recently by OCLC Research Library Partners metadata managers from seven countries. It was initiated by Philip Schreur of Stanford (and recently Chair of the Program for Cooperative Cataloging), who noted that although “technical services” had traditionally been organized around the modules of a local system, changes in the library environment …

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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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