Library and Information Service of the 21st Century

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Library and Information Service of the 21st Century

  1. 1. The Library and Information Service of the 21st Century Tom Roper, Librarian RCVS Wellcome Library Library and Information Service of the 21st Century BSAVA Congress 3 April 1998
  2. 2. Factors driving change in library services <ul><li>changes in scholarly communication: </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>transition from paper to electronic media </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>user needs and demands </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>new forms of work organisation </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>lifelong learning </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>changes in parent organisations: accountability </li></ul><ul><li>convergence of libraries and information technology </li></ul><ul><li>“ disintermediation ” (ugh!) cf Medline </li></ul>Library and Information Service of the 21st Century BSAVA Congress 3 April 1998
  3. 3. How are libraries changing? <ul><li>from ‘ just in case ’ to ‘ just in time ’ collection development policies </li></ul><ul><li>from library management to information management </li></ul><ul><li>leading the way to the new electronic networked environment? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>online revolution: been there, done that…MEDLARS </li></ul></ul><ul><li>advising and lobbying on intellectual property issues </li></ul>Library and Information Service of the 21st Century BSAVA Congress 3 April 1998
  4. 4. New services <ul><li>full text online </li></ul><ul><li>digitisation: </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>new media </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>retrospective conversion </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>more tailored services </li></ul><ul><li>serving the remote user </li></ul><ul><li>organising and guiding on the networks </li></ul>Library and Information Service of the 21st Century BSAVA Congress 3 April 1998
  5. 5. Organising and guiding on the networks <ul><li>resource discovery and retrieval </li></ul><ul><li>classification and description </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>standards and metadata </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>content evaluation and assurance of quality </li></ul><ul><li>labelling </li></ul><ul><li>authentication and authorisation </li></ul><ul><li>terms and conditions </li></ul>Library and Information Service of the 21st Century BSAVA Congress 3 April 1998
  6. 6. Intellectual property and information availability <ul><li>threat to “ fair dealing ” </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>EU database regulations </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>information seen as a commodity </li></ul><ul><li>dangers for the academic and professional user communities </li></ul><ul><li>lobbying by information organisations: LA, IIS </li></ul>Library and Information Service of the 21st Century BSAVA Congress 3 April 1998
  7. 7. Some examples <ul><li>Full text links from databases: Medline (Ovid) </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>not available in some of the free implementations </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Discovery and retrieval: subject gateways: OMNI </li></ul>Library and Information Service of the 21st Century BSAVA Congress 3 April 1998
  8. 8. More examples <ul><li>The digital library </li></ul><ul><li>WebCat: coming soon to the RCVS Wellcome Library </li></ul>Library and Information Service of the 21st Century BSAVA Congress 3 April 1998
  9. 9. Information profession <ul><li>partnership with veterinary profession </li></ul><ul><ul><li>AHIS (UK & Ireland) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>resource sharing </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>licensing, à la BIDS </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Forward to the new information era! </li></ul>Library and Information Service of the 21st Century BSAVA Congress 3 April 1998

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