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John MacColl “Aggregating responsibility for research collections”SALCTG June 2013

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Reviews changing pattern of research-oriented collection development: the pre-Web era and the impact of the digital revolution; the current picture – while many things have changed the concept of …

Reviews changing pattern of research-oriented collection development: the pre-Web era and the impact of the digital revolution; the current picture – while many things have changed the concept of stewardship remains important, although it has slipped down the agenda; collaborative stewardship may well point the way forward – libraries working cooperatively and in conjunction with national organisations.

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  • 1. Aggregating Responsibility forResearch CollectionsJohn A MacCollUniversity of St AndrewsResearch Support: New Roles, New RelationshipsScottish Academic Libraries Cooperative Training GroupUniversity of Glasgow Library, 18 June 2013
  • 2. Have we changed?Our pre-Web mindset• The Collection• The Catalogue• Cat & Class• Books & journals
  • 3. The Atkinson View – mid-90s• The essential selectivityof collections• A library-controlledzone• Preserve the authorityof the paper library
  • 4. The Atkinson View – mid-00s• The challenge of archiving• Need for research libraries tocoordinate print archiving• Need for research libraries tocoordinate digitalpreservation
  • 5. The centre cannot hold• Different approaches to UKRR• What should we be storing?• What should we be preserving?• What is a good repository?
  • 6. Loss (Authority AND Control)• ‘Every reader their book-like object’• Fifty Shades of Grey(literature)
  • 7. (Yes) we have changed• Journal prices have gone out ofcontrol• Content has rushed in• Student experience has beenrevaluated• Institutions have become morecompetitive• Access has become king• Libraries have become divorcedfrom stewardship• But stewardship has remainednecessary
  • 8. Collaborative StewardshipUKRR – US regional print stores – Hathi – Portico – CLOCKSS – JSTOR– EuropePMC – UK OpenMirror …OCLC/COPAC/TEL …Passive redundancy (benign neglect)Active redundancy (the new challenge)
  • 9. ‘In the centre, me’
  • 10. Governance (who’s got the power?)The institutionallibraryInstitutional libraries actingcollectively can be powerfulin directing or creating newagencies, eg OCLC,JISC Collections, SCONULPerformance Indicators,Hathi Trust, UKRR, the ILLnetwork, Portico, KB+, newJisc
  • 11. What does it mean for us?• Ask not ‘What can these agencies do for us?’But rather• ‘What do we want?’• ‘How much do we have to spend?’• Organise our buying power!• Cut through the agency competition and poor agendacoordination• Consider the implications of JISC-Jisc reformation• We have 40 years of best practice
  • 12. Sneak Preview: a new research librarycooperative agenda?• Shared print• National MonographStrategy• Jisc Collections• COPAC CollectionsManagement• KB+• A UK Open Mirror[Image removed]
  • 13. Thank You!