Institutions

Lam-inating libraries ... redux

Lorcan 1 min read

The shared interests between libraries, archives and museums (LAMs) has been an important line of work for OCLC Research. It is also of course a recurring service, organizational and policy issue in many contexts.
A related issue is also of considerable interest for libraries. As we move into a digital environment, library work can increasingly understand and benefit from archival and museum perspectives and professional practice.
As libraries digitize primary materials, or as they begin to curate research data or learning materials, an archival perspective becomes more important. Provenance and context are of interest, and changes to resources over time need to be tracked and managed. Appraisal practices may have lessons. The value of resources as evidence becomes central.
As libraries provide access to abundant digital materials, how to selectively present them or to construct narratives around them becomes more interesting. Thinking explicitly about structured learning support is a topic. The notion of exhibition comes into play, a central museum activity, alongside education.
Note: this is a slightly updated version of a blog post I did last year. This attracted some interesting comments.
Note 2: There is probably a blogging best practice about recycling or amending entries. I have chosen to republish rather than update the content and date of the original entry. Which means that any comments do not carry over.

Share
More from LorcanDempsey.net
University Futures are shaping Library Futures
Institutions

University Futures are shaping Library Futures

Libraries are not ends in themselves, but serve the interests of the organizations of which they are a part. As university emphasis varies around research, education and career poles, we can expect to see libraries evolve to support those emphases more strongly.
Lorcan 8 min read
icon

Follow along

Deep dives and quick takes. Libraries, society, culture, technology, ...

Great! You’ve successfully signed up.

Welcome back! You've successfully signed in.

You've successfully subscribed to LorcanDempsey.net.

Success! Check your email for magic link to sign-in.

Success! Your billing info has been updated.

Your billing was not updated.