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RLUK Special Collections Ten Year From Now

  1. 1. Special Collections ten years from now Richard Ovenden Keeper of Special Collections & Associate Director Bodleian Library, University of Oxford
  3. 3. How do you make God laugh? Tell Him your future plans Source: Woody Allen
  4. 4. Summary <ul><li>Beyond EEBO </li></ul><ul><li>The Barbara Castle effect </li></ul><ul><li>The burden of the past </li></ul><ul><li>The rebirth of evidence </li></ul><ul><li>The proliferation of publics </li></ul><ul><li>The G-Spot </li></ul><ul><li>My favourite subject </li></ul><ul><li>Conclusions </li></ul>
  5. 5. Introduction <ul><li>Institutional prioirities are changing </li></ul><ul><ul><li>What is it that makes an institution unique in a digital age? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>When almost any institution of any size can subscribe to the same set of e-resources, what is it that distinguishes them from one another? </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Emory: New five-year strategy has three goals: ‘Digital Innovations’, ‘Special Collections’, and ‘Customer-centered Library’. </li></ul>
  6. 6. EMORY FIVE YEAR STRATEGY <ul><li>‘ Renowned special collections and world-class facilities differentiate Emory from peer institutions and establish Emory as one of the top five destinations in the country for research and teaching …’ </li></ul><ul><li>Target for fundraising: $100m </li></ul>
  7. 7. Beyond EEBO: Acquisitions <ul><li>Rare Books: The EEBO Effect </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Will collecting policies change? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Will values change? </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Manuscripts: Uniqueness </li></ul><ul><li>Archives: Critical Mass </li></ul><ul><li>Collaboration vs. Competition </li></ul><ul><li>Beyond ‘building on strength’ </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Supporting new areas </li></ul></ul>
  8. 10. The Barbara Castle Effect: Digital Special Collections <ul><li>Concept of e-MSS </li></ul><ul><li>ERM and connection to institutional archiving policy </li></ul><ul><li>Interconnections with other developments in IRs </li></ul><ul><li>Creating a digital special collections place: BodADaM </li></ul><ul><li>Putting a price on the digital (Zadie Smith, Clutag Press) </li></ul>
  9. 11. The Burden of the Past: Collection Management <ul><li>What is space used for? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Move to off-site storage </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Re-use space for public programmes; pedagogy; research </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Hidden collections </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Mellon / CLIR initiative </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Pressure on conservation </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Is it sexy enough? </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Challenge of standards </li></ul><ul><li>Costs </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Shifting the backlog left to us by previous generations </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Deferred maintenance </li></ul></ul>
  10. 14. The rebirth of evidence: Research trends and the support of research <ul><li>Move from Theory back to evidence </li></ul><ul><li>Resurgence of editing </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Interest in text encoding as well as textual transmission </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Research training </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Skills, collaboration, opportunities </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Undergraduate movements </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The rise of the dissertation </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Competition </li></ul><ul><ul><li>What attracts graduate students? </li></ul></ul><ul><li>What is a research output? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>REF changes will be significant </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Danger of over-reliance on networked resources: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Wikipedia </li></ul></ul>
  11. 21. The proliferation of publics: Cultural strategy <ul><li>Museumification: books as ‘artifacts’ </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Morgan Library and Museum </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Widening participation, widening access </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Political agendas </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Recognise priorities of funders </li></ul><ul><li>Special Collections as cultural repositories </li></ul><ul><li>Marketing strategies / skills gap? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Education officers / Outreach Officers </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Using the network to reach out </li></ul><ul><ul><li>BODCasts & Web Exhibits </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Social networking </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Wikipedia </li></ul></ul>
  12. 28. The G-Spot: Digitization <ul><li>Mass digitization & Google/Microsoft </li></ul><ul><li>The EEBO Effect </li></ul><ul><ul><li>What is evidence? </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Emphasis away from originals? </li></ul><ul><li>Generational shift and impact on teaching </li></ul><ul><li>Two-tier system? </li></ul>
  13. 30. My favourite subject: Funding <ul><li>Mixed economy </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Bodleian Special Collections </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Staffing: 40% external (2002: 20%) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Acquisitions: 95% external (2002: 40%) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Fundraising </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Professionalisation (Bodleian = 4 fte) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Competition </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Grant giving bodies: whatever happened to cataloguing? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>NFF/RSLP/? </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Sustainable funding </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Endowments </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>US / UK comparison </li></ul></ul>
  14. 31. JISC Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art Marc Fitch Fund Andrew W Mellon Foundation Heritage Lottery Fund V&A Purchase Grant Fund PRISM Fund Friends of the Bodleian Friends of the National Libraries The Art Fund John R Murray Charitable Trust Bernard H Breslauer Foundation Strachey Trust Samuel H Kress Foundation Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation Wireless Preservation Trust Fritz Thyssen Stiftung PRIVATE DONORS
  15. 34. Conclusions: SWOT analysis <ul><li>Strengths </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Staff attitudes </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Collections </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Return to evidence </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Weaknesses </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Backlogs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Reliance on project funding </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Competition </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Opportunities </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Collaboration </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Fundraising </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Public interest </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Threats </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Funding </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Politics </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The end of Humanities? </li></ul></ul>
  16. 35. CONCLUSIONS : In 10 years time … <ul><li>We will need to be even more entrepreneurial </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Fundraising </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Marketing </li></ul></ul><ul><li>We will need to focus on what is unique: collections, services, training, atmosphere </li></ul><ul><li>We will need to convince the scientists that Special Collections are for them, and make Joe Public see themselves as stakeholders. </li></ul><ul><li>In doing this we must avoid alienating our core customers … </li></ul><ul><li>We need to recognise that the special collections of the future will be digital as well as physical. </li></ul>
  17. 36. FIN <ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul>