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Library services for Europe: an overview of the landscape by Louise Edwards

Library services for Europe: an overview of the landscape by Louise Edwards



Louise Edwards held a presentation "Library services for Europe: an overview of the landscape" at the Serbian Library Association’s 10th International conference "The World and European Horizons of ...

Louise Edwards held a presentation "Library services for Europe: an overview of the landscape" at the Serbian Library Association’s 10th International conference "The World and European Horizons of Librarianship in Digital Age", October 2011



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  • San Marino + Vatican City missing Line 2006: new members of EU 2004 Line 2008: new members of EU 2007
  • The European Library has launched a new exhibition, available in the renewed exhibition space
  • This is the home page and how it looks like. What this exhibition is about?
  • "A Roma Journey" provides a unique opportunity to uncover Romani culture in the Balkans and beyond. With the help of ground-breaking texts, photographs, paintings and recordings of traditional songs, this exhibition unravels the Roma’s rich oral heritage. Visitors can take a tour of texts in the Roma language as well as Serbian, English and French and share the experiences of this nomadic culture. Discover the first ever written dictionary in Roma- Serbian-German compiled in a concentration camp in WWII. With family photos and travelling tales, you’ll be transported back to life for the roaming Roma in the 20th Century.
  • On the top left of the screen you will notice the different collections available (such as the one coming from the National Library of Serbia or the collection created by The European Library with the contribution of some of the national libraries of Europe-called ‘Europe’s memorabilia’). Each different section however do provide an explanatory text (written by the curator for each collection), translated in 3 languages of course.
  • The languages available are English, Serbian and Romani language.From this slide you can see the home page translated.
  • USE CASE 1 – A user wants to find out what the portal is about [CLICK] The HOME page of the portal provides a strapline that clearly states our objective and target our user group: the researchers. [ CLICK] The HOME page provides a set of services: Discover by discipline; this is innovative and complies with the CERIF classification which is widely used by the research community Discover collections Discover partners And a direct access to records through “Recently added”
  • The user clicks on DISCOVER [ CLICK] and he access a series of services: Discover discipline as on the HOME page Discover collections as on the HOME page, but also Discover by content language and Discover by date of publication [CLICK] As on the old portal, the interface is available in 36 languages, we have selected here German [CLICK]
  • We then get access to the content of the collection “Travelling Through History” [CLICK] If we select the fist record, we access the Item page [CLICK] The item page provides the item metadata and source; in this case, the content – Sketchbook by Kenneth Howard-Bury comes from the T rinity College Library, Dublin, Ireland through the EU funded project EuropanaTravel. The T rinity College Library, Dublin, Ireland is a research library is a major research library of international repute. [CLICK] Finally, the top right corner provides services for researchers like Mendeley and Zotero; Mendeley is a tool that allows researchers to generate citations and bibliographies, open PDFs and capture thoughts through sticky notes and highlights, connect with colleagues and securely share papers, notes and annotations . Similarly Zotero is a powerful, easy-to-use research tool that helps researchers gather, organize, and analyze sources and then share the results of their research.
  • GLAMs Aggregators collect content from their partners, standardise it, map it to our metadata, and deliver it to Europeana. It means we don‘t have to work with thousands of individual institutions, but instead, a handful of aggregators. Also, the domain and national aggregators know the specific issues faced by their domain ort in their country – around formats, standards, metadata – and often run workshops and training seessions to resolve issues.

Library services for Europe: an overview of the landscape by Louise Edwards Library services for Europe: an overview of the landscape by Louise Edwards Presentation Transcript

  • Library services for Europe: an overview of the landscape Louise Edwards The European Library 27th October 2011
  • My connection with Serbia
    • A British linguist
      • Studied Russian, Spanish and Portuguese
    • Spent 2 months at University of Belgrade in 1980
    • 1982-1990 Slavist at University of Birmingham
      • Centre for Russian and East European Studies
    • 1990-92 British Council Poland
  • Outline of my talk today
    • Evolution of the current European information landscape
      • The European Library
      • Europeana
      • Role Serbia has played in shaping the European landscape
    • Rethinking the European information landscape
      • Not only collections but a focus on the user
    • How The European Library and Europeana work together
      • Members of a libraries partnership for Europe
      • Supporting research communities
    • Conclusions
  • What is The European Library?
    • The European Library is a portal offering access to
    • the bibliographic, digital and full-text resources of
    • the 47 national libraries of Europe in 35 languages .
  • Conference of European National Librarians (CENL)
  • Spanning the Council of Europe
  • Growth of The European Library 2005-10
    • The European Library 47 Members
  • Members of The European Library
    • 2005 : Netherlands, Switzerland, UK, Finland, France,
    • Germany, Portugal, Italy-Florence, Italy-Rome
    • 2006 : Malta, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Hungary, Latvia,
    • Lithuania, Slovenia, Estonia, Poland, Slovakia Austria, Serbia, Croatia, Denmark
    • 2007 : Belgium, Greece, Iceland, Ireland, Liechtenstein,
    • Luxembourg, Norway, Spain, Sweden, Russia-Moscow
    • 2008 : Albania, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Georgia, Moldova,Montenegro, Romania, Turkey, Russia Saint Petersburg,Ukraine
    9 23 33 47
  • Current portal of The European Library
  • Multilingual – 36 languages of Council of Europe countries
  • Highlighting national libraries
  • Showcasing collections
  • Highlighting buildings
  • From federated search to central index
  • A range of content on Romani culture
  • Curated by an expert
  • 3 languages – Romani, Serbian and English
  • Serbia plays a full part in the exhibition
  • Support to non-EU/EFTA libraries
    • Hosting meetings in non-EU/EFTA countries
      • 2009 Turkey
      • 2010 Bosnia
      • 2011 Serbia
    • Financial support to attend meetings
    • Highlighting content on portal
    • Technical support
    • Funding opportunities
  • Designed to meet the needs of the research community worldwide , our online portal offers quick and easy access to the collections of the 48 national libraries of Europe and European research libraries . Users can cross-search and reuse over x digital items and x bibliographic records. To facilitate further research, links are also provided to other websites in the Europeana group.
  • Source: Trinity College Library, Dublin, Ireland
  • Aggregation model of content delivery Archives Portal Europe Archives Libraries Regional Aggregators Domain Aggregators National Aggregators The European Library European Film Gateway Film archives Local institutionss Flanders museums Culture Grid Local institutions
  • Conclusion: our vision for the future
    • A libraries partnership that delivers real value to libraries in Europe
      • Shared infrastructure to save money
      • Knowledge sharing
      • Working together to serve our user communities
    • A libraries partnership to create a valuable service for Europe’s academic communities
    • The libraries community working together in Europeana
  • More information
    • http://www.theeuropeanlibrary.org/
    • http://www.europeana.eu
    • Promotional video in Serbian
      • http://www.youtube.com/
    • Roma Journey promotional video
      • http://www.youtube.com/