The Chemical Heritage Foundation and its Othmer Library of Chemical History told us today that they will become an RLG member institution effective September 1. They have an interest in RLG’s programs across the board, including resource sharing, making their collections more visible, digital collection building and preservation. It’s an interesting institution with evident LAM DNA. There is a library, exhibits, art, artifacts, archives, photos, oral histories and a planned institute devoted to the material culture of chemical and molecular sciences. Check out Fifty Chemical Laboratory Instruments that changed the world. The Chemical Heritage Foundation (CHF) and other specialized institutions present themselves well on the web and the new information seeking paradigm gives them a much higher profile than they might have in the traditional, physical LAM space. (Do a Google search for “Beckman Acidimeter” and results from CHF are on the first page.) RLG wants to help these research institutions take best advantage of the opportunity. We’re glad CHF is going to work with us.
Jim coordinates the OCLC Research office in San Mateo, CA, focuses on relationships with research libraries and work that renovates the library value proposition in the current information environment.