Blog transitions: moving Lorcan Dempsey's Weblog to a new home at LorcanDempsey.net.
Coordinating collective collections Collective collections are collections addressed at a level above the individual institution. I introduced our recent report on operationalizing collective collections in my last post, where I noted that there is a trend towards more managed collective collections, particularly within consortial settings. Collection coordination is central to
While collective collections have been much discussed, less attention has been paid to how to operationalize them in consortial settings. This post introduces work done with the BTAA to explore this challenge.
The facilitated collection redux: a note on collections as a service, the University of California, and Elsevier
Libraries now manage facilitated collections alongside their acquired collections: these are collections assembled from the web organized around user interests.
We are now used to memory institutions as a way of collectively referring to libraries, archives and museums.
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.
When I think of the Google Books initiative now, three things stick with me. The first is simply what an audacious idea it was – to digitize all the books. The second is that without it, the book literature is less accessible than the web literature, which seems a pity.