Making a Book Open Access at HathiTrust.org

About thirteen years ago I compiled six years worth of my monthly “Digital Library” columns published by Library Journal, and edited, updated, and collected them into chapters that Library Journal published as Managing the Digital Library under it’s Reed Press imprint. Unfortunately, Reed Press imploded not long after the book was published and I was …

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The Transformation of Academic Library Collecting

In October 2016, I was privileged to attend a seminal event, The Transformation of Academic Library Collecting: A Symposium Inspired by Dan C. Hazen, along with colleagues Lorcan Dempsey and Constance Malpas who were speaking. This occasion brought together a group of eminent library leaders, research collections specialists and scholars at Norton’s Woods Conference Center in Cambridge, …

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Trust, sustainability, collaboration. . . and research libraries under the Greek sun

We recently returned from attending the LIBER annual conference, held in Patras, Greece. LIBER is the Ligue des Bibliothèques Européennes de Recherche – Association of European Research Libraries and serves as an important professional organization for national and university libraries throughout Europe. We attended to talk with European research librarians and also to present preliminary …

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Visualizing Digital Humanities Workshop

Last month I and four OCLC colleagues—William Harvey, Rob Koopman, Shenghui Wang, and Jeff Young—participated in a “Visualizing Digital Humanities” workshop held at the Lorentz Center at the University of Leiden (photo at right).  It brought together experts who had created “research datasets”, scholars, and visualization experts. Two of the four datasets were created by …

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Seeking a Few Brass Tacks: Measuring the Value of Resource Sharing

At the two most recent American Library Association conferences, I’ve met with a small ad hoc group of librarians to discuss how we might measure and demonstrate the value that sharing our collections delivers to various stake holders: researchers, library administrators, parent organizations, service/content providers. First we described our current collection sharing environment and how …

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