Monthly Archives: October 2007

Memory: curated

Major ‘memory organizations’ face significant challenges as the volume and variety of what is within their potential remit to collect grows. The digital turn has presented major challenges in developing routine ways of capturing and curating digital materials in many contexts. An Australian colleague pointed me to a joint statement and request for additional funding … Continue reading Memory: curated

QOTD: Digital libraries and archives

From Seamus Ross’s keynote [PDF] at ECDL: I might humbly suggest that digital libraries must adopt a theoretical stance. As I noted above, library science is devoid of theoretical foundations and of a knowledge-base that is relevant to the budding digital world. Archival science with its principles of uniqueness, provenance, arrangement and description, authenticity, appraisal, … Continue reading QOTD: Digital libraries and archives

Collections grid and digital conservancy

We use the following collections grid from time to time to help focus attention on particular collecting patterns in libraries. The bottom right hand corner represents materials that have not been highly stewarded and which are usually unique to a particular institution. The types of material which go in here are research and learning outputs … Continue reading Collections grid and digital conservancy

Research behaviors and the library

An interesting report [pdf] from the University of Minnesota Libraries looks at the behaviors of researchers in the sciences. It extends the earlier work done by the Libraries on researchers in the humanities and social sciences. Not unsurprisingly there is a major focus on having resources available online and when online reducing the number of … Continue reading Research behaviors and the library

Open University

The Open University has one of the best logos I know. It does actually communicate something about the institution. And as an institution it is a significant achievement. At one time, TV programs were a major way the OU delivered courses. And for people of my generation, the off-peak OU programming was very much a … Continue reading Open University


I don’t really have a very good sense of how many readers of this blog drive Aston Martins. Those that do are probably familiar with Newport Pagnell, the English town where the car maker has had a presence since 1955. What they may not know is that Newport Pagnell is also home to the UK’s … Continue reading Vellum

Dis-owning collections

It is now conventional to make a distinction between what libraries own (e.g. books, DVDs, …) and what they license (e.g. e-journals). However, we can only use ‘own’ in a circumscribed way. This has been made clearer in the mass digitization projects. Libraries cannot do as they wish with the digitized copies of copyrighted material. … Continue reading Dis-owning collections

Identifiers again: names

One area where growing interest in identifiers is very clear is that of people, particularly in their role as authors or creators. In this context, the Names Project in the UK is interesting: The project is going to scope the requirements of UK institutional and subject repositories for a service that will reliably and uniquely … Continue reading Identifiers again: names

Library services

I am attending events in libraries in the UK this week. I have already been in Oxford and Cambridge Universities, and head to the Open University tomorrow. The former two have collections of world significance. The third is figuring out how to better serve a widely dispersed population over the network. I tend to think … Continue reading Library services