Building the 'digital' library - Open Repositories 2014

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Building the 'digital' library - Open Repositories 2014

  1. 1. Building the 'digital' library Routes to managing our institutional digital learning, teaching and research assets together Chris Awre Open Repositories 2014 Helsinki 12th June 2014
  2. 2. Baseline
  3. 3. Libraries  Collections of knowledge  Acknowledging that libraries have always been more than just collections  Strong service emphasis  Stewardship, incl. preservation  Organisational sustainability  Reaching out to other collections  Ethical traditions Howard Besser, 2002
  4. 4. Move to digital  How well do our libraries have these characteristics when managing digital materials?  Besser concluded there was some way to go  12 years on, are we progressing?  Initiatives looking ahead  Academic Libraries of the Future, 2009-11  ARL scenario planning, 2010  Both agreed that the future will be digital
  5. 5. Academic Libraries of the Future Managing collections of knowledge and providing services, stewardship and sustainability are key parts of all three scenarios Wild West Beehive Walled Garden
  6. 6. Digital repositories  An embedded part, more or less, of academic library operation now  OpenDOAR – 2212 institutional repositories  Emphasis on digital  Focus on local collections  Drivers? Open access Research data Open educational resources Images Etc.
  7. 7. Questions  Can digital repositories support the development of the ‘digital’ library?  If so, how do we enable this?  Are we in a position where we can develop ‘digital’ libraries on a 1-to-1 par with our physical libraries?
  8. 8. Library trends
  9. 9. Print to digital Print Digital Books E-Books Journals E-Journals Reference works Online reference works / The Internet Videos/DVDs YouTube, NetFlix, etc. CDs iTunes, Spotify, etc. Slides Flickr, Google Images, etc. Theses E-Theses, EThOS
  10. 10. Personal libraries Books/e-books Web resources Music/film Journals/e-journals Grey literature
  11. 11. Owning to renting Elsevier Wiley Sage Netflix Jisc Collections
  12. 12. Shift to the network level Resources Discovery Library management systems Subject guides Reading lists ERM
  13. 13. How do repositories fit with these trends?  A digital repository is focused on managing digital material (of course)  Repository content can be part of a personal library  And a valuable part of this  Focus on ownership, not rental  Move to the network level?
  14. 14. Network benefits Economic benefit - Scaling up delivery Technical benefit - Concentrated development Practical benefit - Delivering more value locally Digital repository
  15. 15. Jisc Spotlight on the Digital  Focus on digitised collections and their management/accessibility over time  Highlighted need for  Institutional capacity building  Benefit of working with network level services, e.g., aggregators  Network level foresight and oversight of collection management and delivery
  16. 16. Opportunity
  17. 17. Building a digital library  Repository as home to a variety of local digital assets  Repository as infrastructure, not application  What resource is needed to build a ‘digital’ library?  Where does this come from?  What skills are required?  What can be learned from those who have built digital libraries so far?
  18. 18. Collaboration at the network level  Models currently exist  SDLC hosting of IRs for Scottish Universities  White Rose  EPrints Services / BMC Open / Digital Commons  Hydra community  Focus on repository software service sharing  Can other repository services be shared or developed collaboratively?
  19. 19. Northern Collaboration  A grouping of 27 English University libraries  Exploring areas where we can be more effective working together  Moving to the network level doesn’t mean having to rely on outsourced staff  Existing staff can be more than the sum of their parts by collaborating  Sharing Repository Services Working Group
  20. 20. Areas to investigate  Better understand our current repository processes  Examine feasibility of scaling up whole or part processes to the network level  Define and explore branding advantages and potential added value services  Review IT support and skills required
  21. 21. Areas to investigate  Better understand our current repository processes  Examine feasibility of scaling up whole or part processes to the network level  Define and explore branding advantages and potential added value services  Review IT support and skills required
  22. 22. Areas to collaborate on now  Advocacy / Content marketing & promotion  Discoverability of content  Content licensing  Impact measures  Strategy / policy development  Training  Preservation  Storage
  23. 23. Areas to ponder  Maybe  Hardware  Already done for hosted solutions  Content re-use and embedding  Media specific  Cataloguing/desc ription  Quality assurance  Scaling up required  Not now  Software  Search interface  Brand/design  All still establishing local service  Statistics  IRUS-UK doing this
  24. 24. Vision* *Personal vision
  25. 25. Digital Academic Library for the North: a shared service  Recognise the value and benefits of taking services to the network level  Take action on institutional limits  Scaling up  IT resource requirement  Take ownership of the means by which we can jointly develop our digital libraries  Maximise the potential for getting local assets into personal libraries
  26. 26. DALN model Digital Academic Library for the North Institution A Institution B Institution C Archive A Museum B Other …
  27. 27. To conclude
  28. 28. Building the ‘digital’ library: how are we doing?  Collections of knowledge  Acknowledging that libraries have always been more than just collections  Strong service emphasis  Stewardship, incl. preservation  Organisational sustainability☐  Reaching out to other collections☐  Ethical traditions
  29. 29. Things to do  Develop more, value-added, services  Develop better stewardship capability  For collections  For repositories  Make content seamless across repositories  Enhance understanding of repository ethical practice  …and do it together ;-)
  30. 30. Thank you Chris Awre Head of Information Management University of Hull http://www.hull.ac.uk/lib http://hydra.hull.ac.uk
  31. 31. Image attributions  Paul Stainthorp, “IMAG2719”, 13 Aug 2005, Online image, Flickr, 10 Sep 2013, http://www.flickr.com/photos/pstainthorp /4192270743/  Mark Stevens, “The Road Ahead”, 14 Oct 2012, Online image, Flickr, 10 Sep 2013, http://www.flickr.com/photos/14723335@ N05/9013482834/

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