Ce n’est qu’un au revoir

The Main Library of the University of St Andrews closed yesterday for a four-month period of intensive refurbishment. Most of the Library’s staff had already been distributed to other locations around the campus for the summer. A group of us are camped out in the University’s former Medical School. Our Special Collections staff, with their …

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Special delivery

Deliver a lot. Deliver a little. It’s all about delivery. We’ve been doing a lot of work around here on strategies to make it easy for users to get their ‘hands’ on special collections. Most recently, Ricky published a snazzy piece on mechanics for large-scale digitization of non-book materials,  Rapid capture. These real-life examples dovetail …

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The Art of the Tiny Deal

Rick Anderson of the University of Utah gave a presentation called “Let Them Eat…Everything: Embracing a Patron-Driven Future” at the Charleston Conference last Fall. Information Today provided a brief summary of it. My colleague Karen Calhoun was so impressed with it she asked him to come to Dublin, OH to reprise the talk for OCLC …

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What We’re Reading — Week of May 9, 2011

Meanwhile, The San Francisco Public Library A guide to the SFPL by the great Wendy MacNaughton. Absolutely beautiful. Nice quote from “D”, a guard: One thing I’ve stopped saying here is “Now I’ve seen everything”. (Bruce) 37signals Product Blog: We’ll be retiring our support of OpenID on May 1 I’ve been a fan of OpenID-who …

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What We’re Reading — Week of May 2, 2011

Smithsonian Crowdsourcing Since 1847! | The Bigger Picture Given our interest in social metadata, interesting that one of our partners (Smithsonian) has been at “crowdsourcing” for such a long time! The Case for Cursive – NYTimes.com The death of cursive. Could it really lead to less of an interest in (paper-based) archives? (Merrilee) News: No …

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