Supply and Demand: Special Collections and Digitisation


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

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    1. 1. 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
    2. 2. My Checkered Past
    3. 3. “ 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
    4. 5. Yale University
    5. 6. Image: from the end of “Raiders of the Lost Ark”
    6. 7. Marsh’s Library, Dublin
    7. 8. Princeton University Archives
    8. 9. Digitization Matters Symposium
    9. 11. Yale University Archives vault Digitize for access
    10. 12. Selection has already been done Woodcut from Sebastian Brant, “ Stultifera…” The ship of fooles… 1570 At University of Edinburgh Library
    11. 13. Don’t get further behind Trinity College Dublin
    12. 14. University of Aberdeen Stop thinking about item-level description
    13. 16. Quantity over quality Images:
    14. 17. Image: Library of Congress Build permanent infrastructure
    15. 19. “ 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
    16. 20. Funding for sustainable workflow at scale
    17. 21. Scribe book scanner Encourage development of format-specific gear
    18. 22. University of Glasgow Learn from your users Linen Hall Library, Belfast
    19. 24. Be where the users are Image:
    20. 25. Image: Charles Tilford (flickr)
    21. 26. Images: Harry Ransom Center, UT Austin
    22. 28. Combine approaches
    23. 29. Process not projects
    24. 31. Do it all Images: A View to Hugh (blog)
    25. 32. Share your findings Images: A View to Hugh (blog)
    26. 33. Images: various
    27. 34. The Stokes Imaging System Images: Stokes Imaging
    28. 36. Funding for streamlined processes
    29. 38. Preserve Right to Reuse/Remix
    30. 39. Work with partners to get what you want
    31. 40. Get going!
    32. 41. Say it out loud <ul><li>“ During the next five </li></ul><ul><li>years, the Library will </li></ul><ul><li>strengthen further its </li></ul><ul><li>distinctive work in two </li></ul><ul><li>areas: digital </li></ul><ul><li>information technology </li></ul><ul><li>and special collections . </li></ul><ul><li>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.” </li></ul>
    33. 42. Let your goal be discoverability
    34. 43. Discovery happens elsewhere – be there
    35. 44. Think big thoughts
    36. 46. Images: RLG Cultural Materials
    37. 47. Resources <ul><li>Shifting Gears </li></ul><ul><li>Blog </li></ul><ul><li>Web /programs </li></ul><ul><li>Ricky Erway [email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>Thanks to Jennifer Schaffner, Merrilee Proffitt, Karen Calhoun, and other OCLC contributors. </li></ul>