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Meeting user needs by increasing the scale of digitisation of special collections.

Meeting user needs by increasing the scale of digitisation of special collections.

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  • Supply and Demand: Special Collections and Digitisation Ricky Erway, RLG Program Officer OCLC Programs and Research JISC CNI Meeting Transforming the User Experience Belfast, Northern Ireland July 10, 2008
  • My Checkered Past
  • “ It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent that survives. It is the one that is the most adaptable to change.” — Charles Darwin Image: Auckland Museum
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  • Yale University
  • Image: from the end of “Raiders of the Lost Ark”
  • Marsh’s Library, Dublin
  • Princeton University Archives
  • Digitization Matters Symposium
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  • Yale University Archives vault Digitize for access
  • Selection has already been done Woodcut from Sebastian Brant, “ Stultifera…” The ship of fooles… 1570 At University of Edinburgh Library
  • Don’t get further behind Trinity College Dublin
  • University of Aberdeen Stop thinking about item-level description
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  • Quantity over quality Images: labs.live.com/photosynth/
  • Image: Library of Congress Build permanent infrastructure
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  • “ At this stage, no new effort should be undertaken without a sense of how it will be merged with other existing collections and where the resources for long-term maintenance will come from.” --Cornell University digital projects librarian Ongoing programs, not projects
  • Funding for sustainable workflow at scale
  • Scribe book scanner Encourage development of format-specific gear
  • University of Glasgow Learn from your users Linen Hall Library, Belfast
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  • Be where the users are Image: informationarchitects.jp/web-trend-map-2008-beta/
  • Image: Charles Tilford (flickr)
  • Images: Harry Ransom Center, UT Austin
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  • Combine approaches
  • Process not projects
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  • Do it all Images: A View to Hugh (blog)
  • Share your findings Images: A View to Hugh (blog)
  • Images: various
  • The Stokes Imaging System Images: Stokes Imaging
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  • Funding for streamlined processes
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  • Preserve Right to Reuse/Remix
  • Work with partners to get what you want
  • Get going!
  • Say it out loud
    • “ During the next five
    • years, the Library will
    • strengthen further its
    • distinctive work in two
    • areas: digital
    • information technology
    • and special collections .
    • At the same time, [we] will work collaboratively with both internal and external partners to increase access to these exceptional tools, systems, and resources; support new modes of teaching, learning, research, and scholarly communication; and preserve, store, and manage traditional and digital materials for future generations.”
  • Let your goal be discoverability
  • Discovery happens elsewhere – be there
  • Think big thoughts
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  • Images: RLG Cultural Materials
  • Resources
    • Shifting Gears http://www.oclc.org/programs/ourwork/collectivecoll/harmonization/specialcollections.htm
    • Blog http://hangingtogether.org/
    • Web www.oclc.org /programs
    • Ricky Erway [email_address]
    • Thanks to Jennifer Schaffner, Merrilee Proffitt, Karen Calhoun, and other OCLC contributors.