OCLC Research Library Partnership – a word about intent

I’m just returning from an OCLC board meeting and the Global Council meeting that followed it. OCLC Research was given some nice support by the board in the launch of the OCLC Research Library Partnership (all of the trustees representing libraries have already affiliated or are positively inclined) and there was a recognition that it …

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OCLC Research 2010: Pulse taking

As 2010 winds down, we are reflecting on what we’ve worked on or created in a mini blog series. You can see a run down of highlights here. My colleague Jackie wrangled an incredibly long survey of an incredibly large sample of special collections and archives and synthesized it in an incredibly interesting (and long) …

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Yours, Mine, Ours: or how to live happily ever after

On Monday and Tuesday close to 200 people (online and in person) gathered together to consider the topic of collaboration at our forum, Yours, Mine, Ours: Leadership Through Collaboration. Powered by 22 speakers Planned by 15 people Aided by 4 sponsoring organizations Hosted by the Smithsonian Institution View from the podium If you glanced at …

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Collaboration Contexts: Conclusions

This is the last in a series of posts on the Leadership through Collaboration Forum and the thinking that went into structuring the agenda. Before I conclude, I’d like to acknowledge that creating the forum agenda was a collaborative activity in and of itself – we’re grateful in particular to our host (The Smithsonian Institution), …

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Collaboration Context: Global

Our last panel of speakers during “Yours, Mine, Ours: Leadership through Collaboration“ focuses on global collaborations: A Critical Take: How Do We Present Cultural Content to Our Users? Nick Poole, Chief Executive, Collections Trust A Critical Take: How Do We Create and Maintain Standards? Eric Miller, President, Zepheira A Critical Take: How Do We Source …

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Collaboration Context: Group

The following panelists will help us explore the ins and outs of group collaborations during “Yours, Mine, Ours: Leadership through Collaboration“: Rob Stein, CIO, Indianapolis Museum of Art Collaboration Trials and Triumphs: ArtBabble, Steve, etc. Tom Garnett, BHL Director, Smithsonian Institution Collaboration Trials and Triumphs: Biodiversity Heritage Library John F. Helmer, Executive Director, Orbis Cascade …

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Collaboration Context: Local

“Local” is the first Collaboration Context we’ll explore at “Yours, Mine, Ours: Leadership through Collaboration.” Our panelists will be: Ann Speyer, Chief Information Officer, Smithsonian Institution Meg Bellinger, Director, Office of Digital Assets and Infrastructure, Yale University Tom Hickerson, Vice-Provost, Libraries and Cultural Resources, University of Calgary We’ve instructed all of our speakers to spend …

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Contexts for “Leadership through Collaboration” Forum

The LAM (library, archive, museum) workshops held by OCLC Research at Princeton University, the Smithsonian Institution, the University of Edinburgh, the Victoria and Albert Museum and Yale University intentionally focused on collaboration within a single institution. We expected that we would be able to find, as well as catalyze, deeper collaborations under an institutional umbrella …

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A case study of supply-driven product development

There’s a very clear-headed reflection on the development of the Archivist’s Toolkit in the most recent Code4Lib journal. Challenges in Sustainable Open Source: A Case Study was written by Sibyl Schaefer who worked on the project. She does the kind of brave, objective reflection on the product’s development that isn’t often done in our domain. …

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