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From Research Library to Research Services

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Presentation for the IFLA satellite meeting of the Art Libraries section on August 9th, 2016 in Chicago

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From Research Library to Research Services

  1. 1. IFLA Art Libraries Section Satellite Meeting Chicago 9 August, 2016 From Research Library to Research Services Stories of change at the Rijksmuseum Geert-Jan Koot Curator of Library Collections Saskia Scheltjens Head of Research Services
  2. 2. Rijksmuseum Frontal view
  3. 3. Facts and Figures Rijksmuseum building By architect Pierre Cuypers 44,500 m2 floor space 14,500 m2 exhibition space 14,800 m2 garden space 1 mi walking distance 1,2 million objects total 8,000 objects on display 80 galleries 800 years of Dutch art and history 1878 1 mio guilders 1885 2,8 mio guilders 2003-2013 375 mio euros 600 staff (in 2013)
  4. 4. Facts and Figures Rijksmuseum Renovation Project 1999 decision to renovate 2001 Cruz y Ortiz architects appointed 2003 building closed in December 2013 official opening April 13 Total budget € 375,000,000
  5. 5. Entrance and Atrium
  6. 6. Security Gates in Atrium West
  7. 7. Grand Café & Shop in Atrium East
  8. 8. Direction Sign in the Atrium
  9. 9. Temporary housing Reading & Print Room
  10. 10. Facts and Figures Research Library 2015 Open 6 days a week 300 visitors daily 450,000 volumes 13,500 periodical titles 85,000 auction catalogues 5.6 km.=18,373 ft. shelves 1 km.=3,280 ft. in Hall 12,000 acquisitions yearly 16 personnel Total budget € 1 million
  11. 11. Library entrance on the 1st Floor
  12. 12. Restoration in the Library Hall
  13. 13. Library Hall
  14. 14. Forged helical iron stair
  15. 15. Some of the 88 bookcases
  16. 16. Cartouches in the Library Hall
  17. 17. Reading Room in the Library Hall Reading Room Free access Open 6 days a week Open 10 AM – 5 PM Free Wi-Fi 40+ seats 30 iPads Eduroam Free internet 100 current print journals Databases & e-journals 2,000 ready reference books
  18. 18. One of the four Reading Room tables
  19. 19. Entrance to the Reading Room
  20. 20. User Groups of the Research Library • Museum visitors interested in further information • Scientific staff of the museum – director, curators, conservators, restorers, research fellows, educators • External scholars • Students
  21. 21. Library Hall - Mezzanine
  22. 22. Library Hall - Mezzanine
  23. 23. View from the Mezzanine
  24. 24. Crowds in the Reading Room
  25. 25. Leighton Buzzard Library Photo by PSJ Marketing https://www.pinterest.com/pin/530087818619024087
  26. 26. Scholars in the Reading Room
  27. 27. Students and Fellows
  28. 28. Renovation Reopening Reorganisation(s)
  29. 29. A shift in focus PhotobyGijsbertvernderWal
  30. 30. A shift in research output and methodologies
  31. 31. Increasing focus on data driven research
  32. 32. Taco Dibbits, general director, about our core value
  33. 33. Facts and Figures Openness as core value Early adaptor of digital opportunities, leading to radical open museum data 2002 - Library collection available via Z39.50 (2007 – SRU) 2010 - Launch of open source library system Koha 2011 - First overall e-strategy (2011) Change from CCBY licence to CC0 (Europeana!) for collection metadata (+534.000) & high-res images (+300.000) Object collection available via API’s 2016 - Object collection published as linked open data in triple store
  34. 34. Key reports 2008 2005 2012
  35. 35. The service turn … Scott Walker (2011) used by Lorcan Dempsey (OCLC)
  36. 36. Reorganization Research Services Preparation: (1998) 2015 – 2016 Formal reorganization period: February 1st, 2016 – May 31, 2016 Formal start of new department: June 1st, 2016
  37. 37. BOARD OF DIRECTORS COLLECTION SECTOR Fine & Decorative Arts Conservation & Restauration History Collection Management Research Library Prints & Drawings PRESENTATION SECTOR Publications Public & Education Exhibitions BUSINESS SECTOR ICT Commercial Affairs Finance Facilities HR Security Development Communications & Marketing Organization chart RMA Previous situation (pre-2016)
  38. 38. COLLECTION SECTOR Fine & Decorative Arts Conservation & Restauration History Collection Management Collection Information & IT Image Storage Management Projects Registrars Research Library Prints & Drawings Prints Drawings Print & Study room Organization chart RMA Collections Previous situation (pre-2016)
  39. 39. COLLECTION SECTOR Fine & Decorative Arts Conservation & Restauration History Collection Management Collection Information & IT Image Storage Management Projects Registrars Research Library Prints & Drawings Prints Drawings Print & Study room Organization chart RMA Collections (sub)departments involved in reorganization
  40. 40. BOARD OF DIRECTORS COLLECTION SECTOR Fine & Decorative Arts Collection Management Conservation & Restauration History Research Services Prints & Drawings PRESENTATION SECTOR Publications Public & Education Exhibitions BUSINESS SECTOR ICT Commercial Affairs Finance Facilities HR Security Development Communications & Marketing Organization chart RMA Current situation (August 2016)
  41. 41. Head of Research Services Research Library Curator Library Collections Coordinator Library Administration Information specialists Library Collection Information Coordinator Collection Information Information Specialists Application Management & Information Systems Project leader Information systems Data manager Application manager Collection Application manager Library Study & Reading Room Coordinator Study- & Reading Room Information Specialists Stacks Coordinator Depot Technical Staff Management Assistant New positions (7) Vacancies for existing positions (2) Start new department as of June 1st, 2016 ~ 30 FTE Summer 2016 + project add-ons + project add-ons + project add-ons + project add-ons + project add-ons (2) Organization chart Research Services
  42. 42. Mission The new department facilitates interdisciplinary, object based research by collecting, registering, archiving and making available bibliographical and documentary data , together with collection data, (technical) conservation data and provenance data. It does so in an open manner, with the aim to connect people in the broadest possible sense, now and in the future. The department collects, manages, archives and shares on behalf of the Rijksmuseum also the output of the scientific research performed by the museum itself, including (when possible) the raw data. In order to maximize the support for interdisciplinary object based research (∈ digital humanities/ e-humanities) new services and tools will be developed in cooperation with researchers. All this is done with respect for the key values of the museum (authenticity, quality, personal, innovative and simplicity) and in dialogue with – and where possible in cooperation – with other partners within its network. New mission Research Services department
  43. 43. Mission The new department facilitates interdisciplinary, object based research by collecting, registering, archiving and making available bibliographical and documentary data , together with collection data, (technical) conservation data and provenance data. It does so in an open manner, with the aim to connect people in the broadest possible sense, now and in the future. The department collects, manages, archives and shares on behalf of the Rijksmuseum also the output of the scientific research performed by the museum itself, including (when possible) the raw data. In order to maximize the support for interdisciplinary object based research (∈ digital humanities/ e-humanities) new services and tools will be developed in cooperation with researchers. All this is done with respect for the key values of the museum (authenticity, quality, personal, innovative and simplicity) and in dialogue with – and where possible in cooperation – with other partners within its network. New mission Research Services department
  44. 44. Departmental Goals 2016 • Consolidate basic services subdepartments • New vacancies in middle management • Development integrated new tools & services • More (international) co-operation • Development strategic information plan Gradual change with a focus on users & community
  45. 45. Some future developments Research Services Digitization of complete collection (2020) including (new) collection documentation & special library collections Extending Open Collection Data Strategy with research data & documentation Co-operation with third parties re. semantic web technology federated linked open data annotations & crowdsourcing research data management & institutional repository
  46. 46. Photo by Romaine - https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Vogelen_in_het_Rijksmuseum-bovenaf.jpg
  47. 47. Contact information Questions? All ideas improve when they are shared – R. David Lankes Saskia Scheltjens s.scheltjens@rijksmuseum.nl +31 20 674 70 57 @saschel saskia.scheltjens (skype ID) Geert-Jan Koot g.koot@rijksmuseum.nl +31 20 674 72 50
  48. 48. Sources Images • All images if not so otherwise stated are CC0, courtesy of Rijksmuseum • Kids with Phones in front of Night Watch – controversy (2016) http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/howaboutthat/12103150/Rembrandt-The- Night-Watch-The-real-story-behind-the-kids-on-phones-photo.html References - Walter, Scott. (2011). ‘’Distinctive signifiers of excellence’ : Library Services and the Future of the Academic Library [Editorial]’. http://crl.acrl.org/content/72/1/6.full.pdf+html - Dempsey, Lorcan (2014). ‘The Network Reshapes the Library : On Networks, Services and Libraries’. http://www.oclc.org/content/dam/research/publications/books/dempsey-network-reshapes- library.pdf - CLIR report ‘The Library As Place’ (2005) https://www.clir.org/pubs/reports/pub129 - OCLC report ‘Beyond the silos of the LAMs (2008) by Gunter Waibel, Ricky Erway, Diane Zorich http://www.oclc.org/content/dam/research/publications/library/2008/2008-05.pdf - KRESS report ‘Transitioning to a digital world’ (2012) by Diane Zorich http://www.kressfoundation.org/uploadedFiles/Sponsored_Research/Research/Zorich_Transitioning DigitalWorld.pdf

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