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Libraries, library users and collections

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The identity of the library is closely bound with its collections. In a print world, this made sense, as the central role of the library was to place materials close to the user and arrange them for effective use.

However, in a network environment this is no longer the case. Lorcan Dempsey, Vice President, Membership and Research, and Chief Strategist at the Online Computer Library Center, will discuss the following three trends that are changing the character of library collections:

The facilitated collection, where the library connects users to resources of interest to their research and learning needs, whether or not they are assembled locally.
The collective collection, where libraries begin to think about moving to shared environments to manage their collections and assuming collective responsibility for stewardship of the scholarly record.
The inside-out collection, where libraries work with other campus partners to support the creation, management and disclosure of institutional materials—research data, special collections, and so on. Here the library supports the creative enterprise of scholarship directly. Together, these trends are changing how we think about collections, libraries, and services to their users.
Together, these trends are changing how we think about collections, libraries, and services to their users.

The Thomas Lecture Series honors the outstanding work that Shirley K. Baker, former Vice Chancellor for Scholarly Resources & Dean of University Libraries, led in the areas of networked information and resource sharing.

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Libraries, library users and collections

  1. 1. Lorcan Dempsey, OCLC @LorcanD Libraries, library users, and collections Jack E. & Debbie T. Thomas Endowed Lecture Series Washington University in St Louis October 9 2017
  2. 2. Shirley Baker, OCLC Members’ Council, 2005 Delighted to honor Shirley in this lecture series!
  3. 3. “Research libraries achieved status … by acquiring more than their peers or by building niche collections of particular depth.”
  4. 4. Research libraries achieved status in this environment by acquiring more than their peers or by building niche collections of particular depth. … Collections no longer lie at the center of research library operations and goals, even as academic communities focus ever more inclusively on knowledge and information. Hazen. Lost in the cloud. 2011
  5. 5. Here … collections are a service Telling the library story differently
  6. 6. Three trends Inside out Facilitated Collective
  7. 7. Collections: expanding view Outside in Inside out Coll- ective Facil- itated
  8. 8. Reconfiguration of research work by network/digital environment. Reconfiguration of the information space by network/digital environment. The inside out collection The facilitated collection Three trends Reconfiguration of library collaboration by network/digital environment. The collective collection
  9. 9. Reconfiguration of research work by network/digital environment. Inside out collection
  10. 10. Research outputs Expertise /Identity R- infra- structure Special colls
  11. 11. Supporting the creative process: the emerging scholarly record Research outputs
  12. 12. Expertise and reputation: Identity > workflow > content Expertise /Identity
  13. 13. Office of undergraduate research Disciplines & departmentsGraduate school Vice president for research Provost Institutional Reporting CIO Campus center for teaching & learning Medical center Tech Transfer Office LIBRARY Advancement & corporate relations Data Warehouse News Bureau Colleges & depts Adapted from a pic by Rebecca Bryant, OCLC Research Research Data Management Digital scholarship User education & training RIM/Profiling system Institutional Repository Creation, management and disclosure: Researcher Research manager Research support R- infra- structure
  14. 14. Her view is that publishers are here to make the scientific research process more effective by helping them keep up to date, find colleagues, plan experiments, and then share their results. After they have published, the processes continues with gaining a reputation, obtaining funds, finding collaborators, and even finding a new job. What can we as publishers do to address some of scientists’ pain points? Annette Thomas, Then CEO of Macmillan Publishers A publisher’s new job description http://www.against-the-grain.com/2012/11/a-publishers-new-job-description/
  15. 15. Researcher Librarian Research manager
  16. 16. Research, reputation, relevance Special colls
  17. 17. Reconfiguration of research work by network/digital environment. Support for creation, management and disclosure of evidence, memory, community The inside out collection Workflow is the new content Reputation manage and disclose the intellectual outputs and expertise of the institution. From discovery to discoverability Collective collections: Rightscaling and collective action
  18. 18. Reconfiguration of the information space by network/digital environment. Facilitated Collection
  19. 19.  arXiv, SSRN, RePEc, PubMed Central (disciplinary repositories that have become important discovery hubs);  Google Scholar, Google Books, Amazon (ubiquitous discovery and fulfillment hubs);  Mendeley, ResearchGate (services for social discovery and scholarly reputation management);  Goodreads, LibraryThing (social description/reading sites);  Wikipedia, Yahoo Answers, Khan Academy (hubs for open research, reference, and teaching materials).  FigShare, OpenRefine (data storage and manipulation tools)  Github (software management)
  20. 20. The ‘owned’ collection The ‘facilitated’ collection A collections spectrum Purchased and physically stored Meet research and learning needs in best way A network logic: a coordinated mix of local, external and collaborative services are assembled around user needs A print logic: the distribution of print copies to multiple local destinations Value relates to locally assembled collection. Value relates to ability to efficiently meet a variety of research and learning needs. http://www.xkcd.com/917/
  21. 21. The ‘external’ collection: Pointing researchers at Google Scholar; Including freely available ebooks in the catalog; Creating resource guides for web resources. The ‘owned’ collection The ‘facilitated’ collection The ‘borrowed’ collection A collections spectrum The ‘shared print’ collection The ‘shared digital’ collection The evolving scholarly record Purchased and physically stored Meet research and learning needs in best way The ‘licensed’ collection The ‘demand- driven’ collection Note: Libraries have variable Investments across the entire spectrum
  22. 22. Reconfiguration of the information space by network/digital environment. The specialized collection The facilitated collection
  23. 23. The specialized collection
  24. 24. Reconfiguration of the information space by network/digital environment. The specialized collection The facilitated collection Specialization of locally acquired/held collections? Engagement Understand and respond to needs of faculty and students. A diffuse responsibility for stewardship of the scholarly record Collective collections: Rightscaling and collective action
  25. 25. Collective collections: Rightscaling and collaborative action … Reconfiguration of library collaboration by network/digital environment.
  26. 26. Based on January 2011 WorldCat data
  27. 27. Space is being reconfigured around experiences rather than collections.
  28. 28. The rise of the collective collection System-wide organization of collections—whether the “system” is a consortium, a region, a country …. The collective print collection Discoverable Shared Stewarded
  29. 29. Shared Print Management Rightscaling – optimum scale? Research dataShared print
  30. 30. Collective collection Rightscaling – optimum scale? The ‘borrowed’ collection The ‘shared print’ collection The ‘shared digital’ collection The ‘shared scholarly’ record
  31. 31. Reconfiguration of library collaboration by network/digital environment. The specialized collection The collective collection A large part of existing print collections will move into shared stewardship in next few years? Agreements emerging around retention and sharing. Inside out collections aggregated in network level hubs? Or Google? Collective collections: Rightscaling and collective action
  32. 32. Reconfiguration of research work by network/digital environment. Reconfiguration of the information space by network/digital environment. The inside out collection The facilitated collection Three trends Reconfiguration of library collaboration by network/digital environment. The collective collection
  33. 33. Create, manage and make discoverable evidence, community, memory.. Assemble a coordinated mix of local, external and collaborative services around user needs. The inside out collection The facilitated collection Three trends Increasingly organize collections at the network or systemwide level. The collective collection
  34. 34. Thank you, @LorcanD
  35. 35. Citations and fuller details are included in slide notes where relevant. Thanks to my colleagues Brian Lavoie, Constance Malpas and Rebecca Bryant for assistance as I prepared this presentation. The presentation follows the outline of: Dempsey, L., (2016). Library collections in the life of the user: two directions. LIBER Quarterly. 26(4), pp.338–359. DOI:http://doi.org/10.18352/lq.10170 @LorcanD

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