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The network reshapes the research library collection

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The library collection has been central to library identity and service, however we are now seeing major changes in how libraries help discover, curate and create collections. This is a response to evolving research and learning behaviors in a network environment. This presentation considers trends which are influencing how we think about library curatorial activities and are reshaping their collections. The first direction is the ‘inside-out library’ which is a response to the reorganization of research work by the digital environment. The second is the facilitated collections, which is a response to the reorganization of the information space by the network. The presentation discusses three ways in which we are thinking differently about collections: the inside out collection, the facilitated collection, and the collective collection.

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The network reshapes the research library collection

  1. 1. Lorcan Dempsey, OCLC @LorcanD The network reshapes the research library collection Inspiring and supporting research: CONUL Annual Conference 2017 Athlone, Ireland 30/31 May 2017
  2. 2. Prelude: Collections as a service Changing characteristics of collections
  3. 3. Collections as a service Research support: creation Places Student success
  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. Greater stratification: libraries focused on institutional mission: responsibility to the scholarly record variably realised
  6. 6. Collections: expanding view Outside in Inside out Facili- tated Collect -ive
  7. 7. Prelude: Collection attention: the collections grid Different dynamics across collecting activity
  8. 8. Low Stewardship In few collections In many collections Research & Learning Materials Open Web Resources ‘Published’ materials Special Collections Local Digitization Licensed Purchased High Stewardship OCLC Research, 2014Figure: OCLC Collections Grid. Outside in (discovery, acquisition) Inside out (discover- ability, stewardship)
  9. 9. Journals – part of an evolving research life cycle 1. Publishers looking to research workflow (Elsevier – Mendeley, Pure) 2. Complex open access environment - National science/research policy, grant-makers, publishers 3. A part only of the scholarly record – data, etc. 4. Licensed materials are now the larger part of academic library budgets. Big deal. Monographs – managed in a different way 1. Managing down print - shared print 2. Shift to demand driven acquisition 3. Growing difference between market-available and specialised (e.g. area studies) 4. Emergence of ‘e’ (platform) 5. Digital corpora (Hathi Trust, Google, …) 6. Disciplinary differences
  10. 10. Special collections, archives – mobilized for research, reputation, …. 1. Release more value through digitization, exhibitions, undergraduate research, … 2. Streamlining processing, production, … 3. Network level aggregation for scale and utility – DPLA, Europeana, DRI, Pacific Rim Digital Library, Research and learning material – new researcher, publisher and library roles 1. Evolving scholarly record: research data, eprints, .. 2. IR – role and content? 3. Research information management (profiles, outputs, …) 4. Support for digital scholarship 5. Support for open access publishing
  11. 11. Inside out Inside out: Create, manage and make discoverable memory, community, evidence.
  12. 12. Facilitated A network logic: a coordinated mix of local, external and collaborative services are assembled around user needs
  13. 13. Collective Collective collections: The systemwide organization of collections becomes more important. It makes sense to do acquisition, discovery and/or stewardship at the network level.
  14. 14. Two trends and a direction Reconfiguration of research work (leading to inside out collection) Reconfiguration of information space (leading to facilitated collection) Collective collections
  15. 15. Reconfiguration of research work by network/digital environment. Reconfiguration of the information space by network/digital environment. The inside out collection The facilitated collection Two trends
  16. 16. Reconfiguration of research work by network/digital environment. Inside out collection
  17. 17. Research outputs Expertise /Identity R- infra- structure Special colls
  18. 18. Supporting the creative process: the emerging scholarly record Research outputs
  19. 19. Expertise and reputation: Identity > workflow > content Expertise /Identity
  20. 20. 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
  21. 21. 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/
  22. 22. Researcher Librarian Research manager
  23. 23. Research, reputation, relevance Special colls
  24. 24. Anamnesis – the case of 1916 In some respects this collection of RTÉ archive material is a microcosm of that Irish psyche. … [RTE’s] archive reflects Irish preoccupations. Its omissions point towards our blind spots. On the debit side is the fact that, as a repository of oral history the RTÉ catalogue includes barely thirty first-hand Irish witnesses of the First World War. On the merit side is the fact that it includes all of thirty first-hand witnesses of the Great War in a time of calculated and culpable amnesia. Myles Dungan Special colls
  25. 25. Reconfiguration of research work by network/digital environment. Support for creation, management and disclosure of memory/ evidence 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
  26. 26. Reconfiguration of the information space by network/digital environment. Facilitated Collection
  27. 27.  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)
  28. 28. 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/
  29. 29. 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
  30. 30. Reconfiguration of the information space by network/digital environment. The specialized collection The facilitated collection
  31. 31. The specialized collection
  32. 32. 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
  33. 33. Reconfiguration of research work by network/digital environment. Reconfiguration of the information space by network/digital environment. Support for creation, management and disclosure of memory/ evidence The specialized collection The facilitated collection The inside out collection
  34. 34. Collective collections: Rightscaling and collaborative action … The best example of an activity that can be done most appropriately in a networked context is curation. Here I would argue that a library’s collection is not owned solely by the library, but by the society or culture that has collected it and put it in the library in the first place. We own the collection as a culture, and we must attend to it as a culture. John Wilkin
  35. 35. The rise of the collective collection System-wide organization of collections—whether the “system” is a consortium, a region, a country …. Discovery/discoverability Sharing/acquisition Stewardship
  36. 36. Operationalising the Collective collection? Rightscaling – optimum scale? The ‘borrowed’ collection The ‘shared print’ collection The ‘shared digital’ collection The ‘shared scholarly’ record
  37. 37. Shared Print Management Rightscaling – optimum scale? Research dataShared print
  38. 38. Soft power of groups … Venue for: * Scaling learning and innovation * Scaling services * Scaling collections
  39. 39. Shared print collections Consortial borrowing Web archiving Outside-in Research data Scholarly Materials Digital Collections Inside-out Group D2D, stewardship, acquisition Network discovery? Group stewardship? Union catalogue?
  40. 40. Inside out: Create, manage and make discoverable memory, community, evidence. Facilitated: collecting according to a network logic: a coordinated mix of local, external and collaborative services are assembled around user needs Collective collections: The systemwide organization of collections becomes more important. It makes sense to do acquisition, discovery and/or stewardship at the network level.
  41. 41. Thank you, @LorcanD
  42. 42. 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 The first version of this presentation was given at the Hazen Symposium at Harvard and I am grateful for the invitation which prompted me to look at this. Customised versions have subsequently been given at Princeton U, U Illinois, The BTAA Annual Conference at Purdue and at Xavier University (the Ohio Valley Group of Technical Services Librarians). I am grateful for questions and discussion at those events. @LorcanD

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