Our Door is Always Open

Last week our office here in San Mateo, California was privileged with the presence of Roxanne Missingham, director of the Australian National University Library.  She was over here for a meeting and was gracious enough to spend the good part of a day visiting with us. We discussed what was “top of mind” for her at …

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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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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: 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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Libraries Rebound – A Personal Partial Recap

In the three earlier posts Merrilee did a great job of summarizing the content of the three different themes – directly supporting researchers, special collections and institutional mission and space as a distinctive asset. The important things to take away were captured in those posts which reflect the attendees highlights as captured in the twitter …

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Libraries Rebound: space as distinctive asset

This is the penultimate posting summarizing Libraries Rebound. This posting covers the rich session which looked at the various way that leading libraries are using space as an asset for creating and leveraging partnerships on campus. Sarah Pritchard from Northwestern University addressed political aspects of leveraging library space as asset, especially in an era where …

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