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Collaborative platforms

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Slides to accompany talk given by Jayne Kelly and Sarah Stamford, to a seminar in the Book
Publishing Histories series, held at Anglia Ruskin University on November 1st 2011.

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Collaborative platforms

  1. 1. CollaborativeplatformsDissolving boundaries between researchers, publishers and librariansSarah Stamford (Selwyn College)Jayne Kelly (Cambridge University Library)
  2. 2. ebooks@cambridge service• Sarah Stamford - Chair ebooks Advisory Group• Jayne Kelly – ebooks Administrator• Collaboratively funded initiative of Cambridge College, Departmental, Faculty and University libraries• Co-ordinate University-wide ebook acquisition• Support teaching and learning• Promote awareness• Monitor usage• http://www.lib.cam.ac.uk/ebooks/
  3. 3. Some context• Digital Revolution = opportunities• Digital publishing = rapid change• Blurred identities
  4. 4. Discovery and access• When there is so much information out there, discovering accessible relevant resources quickly is key• Multiple access points• Institutional authentication• The need for the Ama iin t in the Amazon
  5. 5. Using platforms for research• Flexible linking• IRIS Project Report: Induction, Research and Information Skills (Arcadia Project by Lizz Edwards-Waller, 2009• Enhanced visibility• Researching is active, interactive & disruptive• ‘Ontology is overrated’ (Clay Shirky)
  6. 6. Platform needs• Clear usable interface• Collapsible navigation• Resizable text• Full-screen reading• Downloadability• Unlimited simultaneous users/downloads• 24/7 and long-term availability• Stability
  7. 7. Information literacy“a cluster of abilities that resides within the individuallearner, enabling him or her not only to seek outinformation, but also to assess it for bias, to evaluate itsworth and relevance to the learner’s own needs … todefine the task in hand; to analyse its argument and thegrounds on which the argument is made; and finally to beable to assimilate new information, even if that conflictswith previously held beliefs or convictions.”‘Developing a new curriculum for information literacy’, DrEmma Coonan, LTS News, Issue 22
  8. 8. Research results• Platforms need to integrate research studies and offer opportunities for wide dissemination• Accessibility of information silos• Security
  9. 9. Future developments• Cloud storage?• Focus groups?• Research impacts?• Logging the research process?• Storing ideas and communications?• Darwin with a Kindle?
  10. 10. And finally…• Discovery & access need improvments• Traditional publishing models are dissolving• Digital silos are not ideal• Librarian as intermediator• Publishers , academics and librarians collaborating
  11. 11. Any questions?We acknowledge our thanks to Emma Coonan (Cambridge UniversityLibrary) & Libby Tilley (English Faculty Library) for their contributions.

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