Paper and Beyond 30-1-2012 1994: Decision to start an electronic deposit system Preserving the records of national textual heritage Preserving the records of international science
Paper and Beyond 30-1-20121995: First digitization projects2009: Decision to digitize ‘everything Dutch’Providing maximal access to researchers and the general public
Paper and Beyond 30-1-2012 2012: Decision to build a National Digital Library Coordinating library efforts in the Netherlands for academic and public libraries.
Paper and Beyond 30-1-2012Impact on KB* Change of focus: from a hard-copy academic library with a focus on the Netherlands to a Digital National Library with a focus on researchers in ten years* We are playing a different ball-game: we plan to digitize 8 million pages this year. At such a scale you need a very professional organization, because mistakes have a great impact
Paper and Beyond 30-1-2012Impact on front-office* Change of focus from visitors onsite to visitors online* Time spent on copyright issues and digital rights management has grown significantly* Patron-driven acquisition means we collect reference works for use not for preservation* Increased focus on value and efficiency
Paper and Beyond 30-1-2012Impact on servicesWe see services as the place where our data meets peoples needs* Not necessarily KB-services anymore* Not necessarily webservices anymore (other platforms)* Sharing data with third parties to be part of the network that comprises the information landscape for users
Paper and Beyond 30-1-2012Impact on servicesWe see services as the place where our data meets peoples needs* Not necessarily webservices anymore (apps)
We aim to open up our unmediated data to third parties (Europeana, The European Library, researchinfrastructures)
Paper and Beyond 30-1-2012 We aim to open up our mediated data* to third parties (for instance through widgets) Mediated data = context All data that have required human effort to make: selections (exhibitions, thematic selections) & edited content (articles)
Paper and Beyond 30-1-2012Increased focus on valueValue of services in relation to:- Demand (Who’ll be happy if we do this?)- Strategy (How does it fit in with our general policy)- Cost-effectiveness (is the result worth the money)
Paper and Beyond 30-1-2012Increased focus on efficiency* Not a new website for every dataset, but a clear distinction between components:Dataset + application + look & feel = service* A yearly evaluation of all services
Paper and Beyond 30-1-2012Main goals* Creating a national platform for full-text discovery of Dutch books and periodicals (Searching in publications, full-text)* Letting users search for everything we can give access to (searching for publications, metadata)* Giving context and visibility to our collections through mediated content (specialized services, exhibitions, social networks)
Paper and Beyond 30-1-2012A Library = a library = a library?Similarity in form does not mean similarity in function:• Public libraries: focus on community value• Research libaries: focus on supporting research• Business libaries: focus on supporting business• National libraries: focus on archiving national heritage
Paper and Beyond 30-1-2012A book = a book = a book?Similarity in form does not mean similarity in function:• Reference works• Fiction• Picturebooks (cookery books)- For most types of research hard copy books will become obsolete- For reading it depends on usability of devices
Paper and Beyond 30-1-2012Gartner’s Hype Cycle
Paper and Beyond 30-1-2012Knowledge is key to the future* Know what makes you unique* Stay curious about what’s happening around you* Combine these two to find your best road ahead* Once you’ve chosen it, don’t choose another too soon* It’s not about the technology but about the value for your users* Don’t try to predict the future, but make sure you can adapt to it.