Cloud-sourcing Research Collections: Managing Print in the Mass-digitized Library Environment

January 6th, 2011 by Jim

The report of this project is now available. We blogged about it recently in the series of posts summarizing our major activities at year end.

The importance of shared print initiatives is growing and the Hathi Trust is poised to become an important element in the library infrastructure of the future. Their participant list now shows 52 institutional participants and three major consortia. It’s clear that mass digitization, the flip to electronic resources and space demands have resulted in a new view of the print collection in academic libraries. There is now motivated discussion among research libraries about how to construct a new system of services based on the digitized aggregation, local collections and shared storage repositories.

To quote my colleague, Lorcan Dempsey, “we are pleased that much of the empirical context for this discussion and quite a bit of intellectual leadership has come from OCLC Research work being done for the RLG Partnership. Constance Malpas has been leading this activity, and has been creating and supporting links between various community initiatives and relevant product areas in OCLC.

Her much-awaited report detailing the initial work that formed the basis for this activity has now appeared. It is likely to be quite influential in future planning activities.”

Even if this is not a core interest you should be familiar with the major findings. You’ll be pleased to see that the report has an excellent executive summary ;)

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  1. » Blog Archive » OCLC Research 2010 - Cloud Library Says:

    [...] My colleague, Constance Malpas, is the principal intellectual engine driving this effort. She’s shaped the opportunities, divined the evidence to support first steps and generally been a tireless participant in the discussions and action planning that have sprung up around this opportunity. She’s busy now finalizing a report which will be available in January, 2011. We’ll blog about its release. [...]