New program, archives and special collections

We’ve had a lot going on here, in the archives and special collections department. Some of this has gone out through other channels, but I don’t believe this has gone out on the blog. We’ve announced a new program of work around “effectively disclosing archives and special collections.” There are seven new projects in the …

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Beyond the Silos of the LAMs

The last couple of weeks have been busy and gratifying for the team working on library, archive and museum convergence issues. We’ve now published our final report capping a year-long investigation into LAMs in a campus environment – you’ll find it here (.pdf: 334K/59 pp). We tried out the title “Beyond the Silos of the …

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What could be more special?

I’ve just read the minutes from a recent meeting of the Lot 49 group, which was formed to address issues related to moving image digitization. [Here’s a link to notes about the inaugural meeting in July 2007.] The need to be in Dublin, OH last week precluded my being there, but reading the minutes has …

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WorldCat and the iPhone

My long-time colleague, Bruce Washburn, won’t brag about it but I will. He took advantage of the WorldCat Search API to build a very nice WorldCat app for the iPhone. He’s talked about (and Lorcan noted) how designing for mobile devices is like writing a haiku – you have to figure out the essence and …

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Late summer harvest: fallen fruit

A map to fallen fruit in Sherman Oaks, CA. I have often heard colleagues in the library community describe JSTOR print back files as ‘low-hanging fruit’ for distributed print archiving and other cooperative management schemes. This characterization, based on the relative ubiquity of the JSTOR digital archive in academic libraries and its high degree of …

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Hacking Away on the Thin Ice of a New Day

I suppose it was inevitable. OCLC has been thinking differently lately, and this is just one more example. Besides opening up access to a tremendous amount of data and services to software access via Grid Services, we’re also trying to help developers in libraries, museums, archives, and beyond use these services productively. Our latest method …

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A league table of journals

The Australian government is revising its research assessment system, and is in the process of setting up ERA, Excellence in Research for Australia. This new system was an early commitment of the Labor Government elected in November of last year, and is replacing the Research Quality Framework (RQF) which the previous Government had started to …

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