Taking stock

For over 10 years, backlogs and “hidden collections” have been of the utmost concern for special collections libraries in the United States. While many repositories have implemented “more product, less process” approaches that have streamlined processing routines, the size and scope of collection backlogs remains daunting. It’s clear that stepping up the rate of processing …

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The Research Library Partnership – Qui Bono?

In a previous post, I gave you some statistics about our current partnership and where all those 153 Partner Institutions come from. Today I’ll talk a little about why those institutions decided to come together and form the OCLC Research Library Partnership. Some of the Benefits of Partnership First and foremost, the leadership at these …

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Born digital, from zero to sixty

Last month, several of us attended the Society of American Archivists meeting in Chicago. I was struck by how many sessions focused on or were related to dealing with born digital materials. As Jackie has reported, OCLC Research is working in this area. As part of gaining perspective and gathering input, I convened a small …

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LibraryFinder

My colleagues in Research, JD Shipengrover and Jeremy Browning, wrote a very nice little application as part of a competition called 10K Apart with the tagline “Inspire the Web with just 10K”. The idea was to see what kinds of applications could be built with a total file size including images, scripts & markup that …

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