Leeds Library Presentation


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Slide-deck from a presentation I gave to members of CILIP's Career Development Group, about Leeds University's library, its Special Collections and its digitisation programme.

Dunno what happened to slide 15 - it looked right in PowerPoint but I don't think SlideShare coped very well with the ancient manuscripty font I used, sorry about that...

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  • WelcomeExplain programme – talking about University, then the library, then Kasia will show us some treasures, then take us on a tour. Then I’ll talk about our digitisation programme, and my colleague Paul will tell you about one of our services and we’ll wrap up for 12 o’cock.Toilets, fire alarm.Ask what sector people are from
  • Old: - medical school since 1831, admitted women very early, paradox as it seems young – impact on the library
  • Student Union extremely green – don’t sell bottled water, no carrier bags since forever, etc- Aiming to be in the top 10 by 2025, is it?
  • Yes we do books, we find stuff for people, we offer quiet working spacesAlso run the Virtual Learning Environment, created the Student Portal, store the University’s digital objects– we are at the cutting edge of content delivery in Higher EducationWe TEACH a lot – as part of the curriculum, and with the skills@library centre – information and digital literacy is a key part of what we doWe offer collaborative working spaces, audio visual equipment, support for research and support for learning & teaching
  • Works out at more than 5000 for every day we’re open – we sometimes open 24hrs during exams
  • Including a Shakespeare First Folio, worth £tens of millionsThe Bragg archiveMarks and Spencer archive
  • Hand over to Kasia
  • May change
  • Breaks down as – 50% on resources, ie books, journals, e-resources etc. So we spend as much on the written word as on staff, buildings, advertising, computers etc put together. Half of THAT is on e-resources, ie …
  • E-books surprisingly unpopular Commercial databases – hugely expensiveTimes Archive etcBut as well as buying born-digital items…
  • Digital saves space, and there is a massive problem in all academic libraries trying to shelve all the books. Even with all the efforts to buy e-versions where possible, we still purchase 700 metres worth of shelving per year – around 28,000 new physical items per annum on top of what we already have
  • And pretty much anything else you can think ofHere’s Paul Cave to tell you about a specific and very important aspect of our digitisation programme
  • Customers are students, academics, researchers, celebrities researching books – all sorts. We scan or photograph images etc. Big projects include digitising all of a particular manuscript or collection, part funded externally and out-sourced
  • Many institutions are developing digital repositories – should hold EVERYTHING. Images, videos, any other format.
  • Many instituions don’t have a preservation policySome people predict an information dark age – evidence of what we are like in 2010 will be lostPaper will fall apart, digital files will corrupt, and websites will disappear before they are archived
  • Explain about LIFE-SHAREDigital Preservation has to start at the point of creation
  • Only get one shot…
  • Leeds Library Presentation

    1. 1. CILIP Career Development Group<br />Leeds University Library Visit<br />May 2010 | Ned Potter<br />
    2. 2. The University of Leeds is...<br />Old: founded in 1904<br />Big: Second largest University in the UK with around 33,000 students<br />Diverse: staff made up of 101 nationalities <br />
    3. 3. Green: it has won more environmental awards than any other University<br />Rock’n’roll: The Who, The Stones, Led Zep, Pink Floyd, Kaiser Chiefs and Arctic Monkeys have all played here….<br />And quite good: it is in the top 100 Universities in the world <br />
    4. 4. The University Library is…<br />Multi-site: spread across 3 main sites, with other satellite libraries too<br />Multi-faceted: we serve all the traditional library functions and a whole lot of other stuff as well<br />Multi-staffed: we have something in the region of 270 staff filling 330 full-time and part-time roles<br />
    5. 5. Above all the library is busy<br />In 2008/2009, we had over 67,000 registered customers who borrowed over 1.3 million items and paid over 1.9 million visits to the Library<br />
    6. 6. Leeds owns over 2.8 million books <br />and subscribes to over 37,000 journals <br />
    7. 7. And we have some very Special Collections<br />
    8. 8. Let’s take a tour…<br />
    9. 9. (You have to imagine that at this point you are whisked away on a tour of Special Collections, seeing lots of medieval manuscripts, Shakespeare’s First Folio, etc etc…)<br />
    10. 10. Annual library expenditure is over £12million<br />
    11. 11. A large percentage of that is spent on e-resources <br />
    12. 12. This consists of tens of thousands of e-books and e-journals, and over 600 commercial databases <br />
    13. 13. There is a big shift towards making our analogue stuff digital<br />
    14. 14. We are digitising books and pamphlets, slides, newspapers, photographs, audio and video<br />
    15. 15. Special Collections digitises manuscripts on demand for customers, and as part of projects to digitise entire collections<br />
    16. 16. Here’s one we saw earlier<br />Here’s one we saw in the flesh earlier<br />
    17. 17. LUDOS: the digital repository for the University<br />Stores all kinds of digital objects (including images of historical physics instruments)<br />
    18. 18. Preservation is increasingly important:<br />our cultural history is in danger of fading away<br />
    19. 19.
    20. 20. The content we create now must be accessible year on year - not just in 2010, but 2050, 2100, even 2500<br />
    21. 21. Any questions?<br />Thanks for listening. <br />
    22. 22. Contact: Ned Potter LIFESHARE Project Officer<br /> e.potter@leeds.ac.uk<br />Take a virtual tour of Special Collections:<br />http://www.leeds.ac.uk/library/spcoll/virtualtour/<br />Photo credits:<br />Parkinson Building / University in the snow: Tasa_M / University Building: schrodingersduck / Brotherton Library: nalsa / Brotherton 2: DigitalParadox / Book Stack: colemama / Ancient books: MonkeyMyshkin / Money: monkeyc.net / Laptop: julio.garciah / Analogue Film: steven -l-l-l- monteau / Scanner: DigiBook / Edward Boyle Library: roobarb! / Hour glass: graymalkn / This sky: Werner Kunz / Manuscripts: LUDOS<br />