The network reconfigures the library: people and places, collections and services.

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Libraries used to be vertically integrated around their collections. Buildings housed them; expertise was devoted to arranging and interpreting them; and services managed them and made them available. In a network environment place, expertise, collections and services come apart in various ways. They influence one another but have their own trajectory in relation to diversifying user behaviors and expections.

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  • The network reconfigures the library: people and places, collections and services.

    1. 1. The network reconfigures the library: people and places, collections and services. Lorcan Dempsey The University of Kansas, December 5/6 2007
    2. 3. Picture: Robin Alston
    3. 4. Private and social Collection and catalogue … a hive-like dome … Louis MacNeice
    4. 5. <ul><li>Then: vertically integrated around collection </li></ul><ul><li>Now: moving apart in network environment </li></ul><ul><li>New skills …. </li></ul>Space Expertise Collections Systems and services
    5. 6. HIGH TOUCH SERVICE <ul><li>Place </li></ul>
    6. 7. Place <ul><li>Place </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Space infused with value </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>How has the value changed over time? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Engagement with collections, expertise and services? </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Space </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Opportunity costs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Valuable real estate </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Growing pressure in many environments </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>New spaces </li></ul></ul>
    7. 8. Place <ul><li>Infrastructure -> “customer relations” </li></ul><ul><li>Higher value activity </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Access to scarce resources – people, equipment, specialist advice, exhibition, … </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Individual, group, social </li></ul></ul>
    8. 9. These student comments suggest that good study space is responsive to the academic and social dimensions of study in ways that allow students to control them both. Scott Bennett
    9. 10. Gleason Library U Rochester Photos: S. Gibbons
    10. 11. ENGAGE WITH THE LEARNING PROCESS PARTNERSHIP <ul><li>Place </li></ul>
    11. 12. NEW DIRECTIONS <ul><li>Collections </li></ul>
    12. 13. Collections grid high low low high STEWARDSHIP UNIQUENESS <ul><li>Books </li></ul><ul><li>Journals </li></ul><ul><li>Newspapers </li></ul><ul><li>Gov. docs </li></ul><ul><li>CD, DVD </li></ul><ul><li>Maps </li></ul><ul><li>Scores </li></ul><ul><li>Special collections </li></ul><ul><li>Rare books </li></ul><ul><li>Local/Historical newspapers </li></ul><ul><li>Local history materials </li></ul><ul><li>Archives & Manuscripts, </li></ul><ul><li>Theses & dissertations </li></ul><ul><li>Research, learning and administrative </li></ul><ul><li>materials , </li></ul><ul><li>ePrints/tech reports </li></ul><ul><li>Learning objects </li></ul><ul><li>Courseware </li></ul><ul><li>E-portfolios </li></ul><ul><li>Research data </li></ul><ul><li>Institutional records </li></ul><ul><li>Reports, newsletters, etc </li></ul><ul><li>Freely-accessible web resources </li></ul><ul><li>Websites </li></ul><ul><li>Open source software </li></ul><ul><li>Newsgroup archives </li></ul>
    13. 14. Trends <ul><li>Mass digitization and off-site storage </li></ul><ul><li>Licensed: rented </li></ul><ul><li>‘ Special collections’ onto the web </li></ul><ul><li>Thematic collections of web resources </li></ul><ul><li>Research, learning and administrative materials ‘published’ on the web </li></ul><ul><li>The new special collections. </li></ul>
    14. 16. Thematic research collections
    15. 17. Beyond books <ul><li>“ It is only when we translate the old style-based thinking and language of historians into new modes of representation that we can begin to grasp the complex relationships between architectural production and the creation of … cultural identities.” </li></ul><ul><li>Stephen Murray, Columbia University </li></ul>
    16. 18. Then: E. Viollet Le Duc Dictionnaire raisonné de l'architecture française du XIe au XVIe siècle  (1874) ( 1 st American Ed. 1875)
    17. 19. Now: Interactive, multi-dimensional navigation of a networked resource
    18. 22. <ul><li>Published materials: discourse </li></ul><ul><li>Primary materials: evidence </li></ul><ul><li>Interpreted materials: exhibition </li></ul><ul><li>Library </li></ul><ul><li>Archive </li></ul><ul><li>Museum </li></ul>
    19. 25. NEGOTIATION ENGAGEMENT WITH RESEARCHERS AND LEARNERS AS CREATORS ARCHIVAL PRACTICE: INSTITUTIONAL ASSETS INTERPRETATION AND EXHIBITION <ul><li>Collections </li></ul>
    20. 26. THE PERSON IS AN ENTRY POINT <ul><li>Expertise </li></ul>
    21. 30. Source: Susan Gibbons, U Rochester
    22. 31. IMPROVE UNIVERSITY RESEARCH AND LEARNING CAPACITIES: PUBLISHING INTERPRETING AVAILABLE RESOURCES IN TERMS OF SPECIFIC RESEARCH AND LEARNING NEEDS SPECIALIST CONSULTANCY: GIS, METADATA, IPR, … MARKETING AND ASSESSMENT: UNDERSTAND NEEDS AND DEVELOP SERVICES TO MEET THOSE NEEDS <ul><li>Expertise </li></ul>
    23. 32. IN THE FLOW <ul><li>Services and systems </li></ul>
    24. 33. library Consumer environments Management environment Licensed Bought Faculty& students Digitized Aggregations Resource sharing Integrated local user environment? Library web presence Resource sharing, … … Institutional Workflow Portals, CMS, IR, … Personal Workflow RSS, toolbars, .. Network level workflow Google, …
    25. 34. Discovery happens elsewhere Resources are abundant; attention scarce Build services around workflow
    26. 36. Now: Federated access to multi-institutional holdings with support for personal collection-building and sharing
    27. 42. SUPPORT FOR FACULTY AND STUDENT GATHER/CREATE/SHARE PLACING THE LIBRARY IN THE FLOW DIGITAL ASSET MANAGEMENT MORE SOPHISTICATED SOURCING DECISIONS <ul><li>Systems and services </li></ul>
    28. 43. VALUE TRANSLATION: SHOWING THE VALUE OF THE LIBRARY IN THE CONTEXT OF THE VALUES OF THE HOME INSTITUTION SECURE RESOURCES CREATE CONDITIONS FOR SUCCESS <ul><li>Leadership </li></ul>
    29. 44. Thank you http://orweblog.oclc.org

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