21st-Century Research Library Collections

I was fortunate to attend the final session of the recent Association of Research Libraries membership meeting on this topic. The panel of presentations served as the occasion for the release of a new briefing paper for research library directors, “21st-Century Collections: Calibration of Investment and Collaborative Action.” The paper is the work of the …

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Joe Rosenthal R.I.P.

The death of one of the significant library leaders of the last generation was announced last week. Joe Rosenthal,who I knew during his 1979-1991 tenure as the University Librarian at Berkeley, died in early April. We interacted a lot because he was instrumental in the establishment and then early operational days of the The Research …

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OAICatMuseum now supports the LIDO XML Schema

One of the contributions made by OCLC Research to its Museum Data Exchange project was the OAICatMuseum OAI-PMH repository software. OAICatMuseum is an extension to OCLC’s OAICat software that included support for delivering records in the CDWA Lite XML schema. Since that project completed in 2009, work has continued within the cultural materials community towards …

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Welcome our resident Wikipedian!

A while back, I blogged about our Wikipedian in Residence position. I’m pleased to announce that until the end of August, Max Klein will be serving as OCLC Research’s Wikipedian in Residence. Max will work with OCLC Research as a community coordinator. In this role, he will explore and pursue mutually beneficial projects between OCLC, …

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Coming to terms with disciplinary repositories

Academic librarians are coming to terms with the likelihood that institutional repositories and disciplinary repositories will coexist into the future. In order to provide good support to researchers, librarians should be able to assess the reliability of disciplinary repositories as part of their role in furthering scholarly discourse. [And even more important if the library …

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