The OCLC Research Library Partnership: the challenges of developing scholarly services in a decentralized landscape

On November 1st, North American members of the OCLC Research Library Partnership came together in Baltimore to engage in day-long discussion on three concurrent topics: Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) efforts, unique and distinctive collections, and scholarly communications and workflows. My colleagues Karen Smith-Yoshimura and Merrilee Proffitt have previously written on the first two discussions. Scholarly communications in a …

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Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI)

My colleagues Rebecca Bryant and Merrilee Proffitt have summarized discussions at our 1 November 2017 regional OCLC Research Library Partnership meeting in Baltimore on evolving scholarly services and workflows and on moving forward with unique and distinctive collections. This summarizes our third discussion thread, on equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI). We conducted an “Equity, Diversity …

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The OCLC Research Library Partnership: moving forward with unique and distinctive collections

On November 1st, North American members of the OCLC Research Library Partnership came together in Baltimore to engage in day-long discussions on several topics. Rebecca has already posted about the discussion of evolving scholarly services and workflows. We also addressed issues pertaining to unique and distinctive collections, as well as conversations inspired by our recenturvey on equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) …

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Take the OCLC-euroCRIS survey of research information management practices

Research information management (RIM), also often called Current Research Information Systems (CRISs), is the aggregation, curation, and utilization of metadata about research activities. Institutional RIM adoption, in tandem with activities by publishers, funders, and libraries, can help to reliably connect a complex scholarly communications landscape of researchers, affiliations, publications, datasets, grants, projects, and their persistent …

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10 years, Shifting Gears

In 2007, OCLC Research and the Society of American Archivists convened the Digitization Matters meeting to explore barriers preventing institutions from scaling up digitization of special collections. At that time, the Google Books project and the Open Content Alliance had opened a floodgate of digitization of books in libraries, which caused us to ask, what …

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Survey on innovation trends and priorities in European research libraries

OCLC Research is currently conducting a survey on innovation trends and priorities in European research libraries. The survey was sent to library directors at 238 institutions in the UK, the Netherlands, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Denmark, Spain, France, and Italy.* Our aim is to gain intelligence regarding trends, capacities and priorities within the European research library community. This …

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OCLC Research Library Partners meet in Sydney

Last month representatives from twelve of the fifteen OCLC Research Library Partners in Australia, Hong Kong and New Zealand met together at the University of Sydney. Before the two-hour meeting, participants had submitted their “top three priorities”. Most (25 of 36) fell under the rubric of “research collections and support”, for example: Research processes: Addressing …

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