The University of Michigan University Library has unveiled a free online collection of more than 20,000 volumes. The body of materials, named the “Digital General Collection” in homage to the library’s original print General Collection, represents the beginning of Michigan’s efforts to make available online a comprehensive body of library materials through a systematic digital preservation program. The collection is expected to grow at the rate of 3000 or more volumes per year. [Library Journal – U. Michigan Library Launches 20,000-Volume Digital Collection]
I presented updated versions of a presentation on libraries and pandemic effects and some implications for library collections recently. Each was delivered remotely, one to an event in Ostende, Belgium, and one to Milan, Italy, as unfortunately we have not yet returned to professional travel.
I was pleased to inaugurate the RLUK Digital Shift Forum, with a presentation on Pandemic effects and collection directions.
I was especially pleased to be kindly introduced by my longstanding colleague Robin Green, University Librarian at Warwick University, and current chair of RLUK.