Hallmarks of library cooperation

The OCLC Research Library Partnership offers opportunities for staff to learn from peers in other countries. Hideyuki Seki of Keio University took advantage of this opportunity to ask the OCLC Research Library Partners Metadata Managers Focus Group members for examples of their most successful collaborations with other institutions’ libraries and the factors that contributed most to …

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Trust in Digital Repositories – best IDCC conference paper

I am delighted that a paper titled “Trust in Digital Repositories” co-authored by my OCLC Research colleague, Ixchel Faniel, was given the best conference paper award at the just-concluded International Data Curation Conference in Amsterdam. Okay, she had help. Co-authors are Elizabeth Yakel (University of Michigan School of Information) with Adam Kriesberg (UMSI) and Ayoung …

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The Flipped Library

My colleague, Lorcan Dempsey, did a very nice synthesis of “MOOCs, Libraries, OCLC” for the OCLC Board of Trustees this morning. Given the massive attention and the surge of interest in MOOCs (witness that the article – Year of the MOOC – in the New York Times has stayed on the most emailed since it …

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Wikipedia Loves Libraries — how you can participate?

Over the summer, our Wikipedian in Residence, Max, did two webinars that gave librarians a glimpse behind the curtain of Wikipedia. One of the things he highlighed in those webinars was Wikipedia Loves Libraries, a Wikipedia-conceived initiative to bring libraries (and archives) closer together. We were heartened to learn that at least two of the …

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Enjoying the Scots

I had a very enjoyable conversation today with Martyn Wade, National Librarian and Chief Executive, of the National Library of Scotland. He made me aware of the relatively new legislation that updates the purpose and functions of the National Library. The library had been operating under legislation that dated from 1925. The new legislation positions …

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Libraries Rebound – A Personal Partial Recap

In the three earlier posts Merrilee did a great job of summarizing the content of the three different themes – directly supporting researchers, special collections and institutional mission and space as a distinctive asset. The important things to take away were captured in those posts which reflect the attendees highlights as captured in the twitter …

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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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