The shared interests between libraries, archives and museums (LAMs) is an important line of work for OCLC Research.
However, a related issue is also of considerable interest for libraries. As we move into a digital environment, library work increasingly needs to understand and benefit from archival and museum perspectives.
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. 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 critical. The notion of exhibition comes into play, a central museum activity.
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