Research Library Partnership


My colleague Ricky Erway bravely accepted the challenge to talk as an outsider on the challenges faced by Europeana to a European conference on digitization last year. Her remarks are recorded in an article in the LIBER Quarterly. The organisers of the second LIBER/EBLIDA workshop on digitisation (The Hague, October 19-21) asked Ricky Erway of … Continue reading Europeana

Research assessment and the library …

I am pleased to note the appearance of a new report on research assessment and the role of libraries. This has been prepared as part of our Research Information Management stream of work in support of the RLG Partnership. The study is a comparative review of formal assessment regimes in five countries. Such assessment regimes … Continue reading Research assessment and the library …

Ebooks and/or digital books

I was in a meeting with a group of folks from research libraries the other week. I was interested in a particular terminological issue: ‘ebooks’ and ‘digital books’ were each being used in conversation. I asked was there a pattern of consistent use here. ‘Not complete consistency’ was the answer, but there was certainly a … Continue reading Ebooks and/or digital books

User symposium presentations

The presentations from the 2009 RLG Partnership Annual Symposium: Hearing voices: connecting with users, enhancing services , are now available. Here is how the event was described .. User studies have become a critical component in developing and improving services in our institutions. However, investigations into the needs of users and potential users are expensive … Continue reading User symposium presentations

Sharing usability results

I was interested to see that MIT Libraries have a public page with links to various usability results. I thought it was quite interesting, and that, while acknowledging some local flavor, it might be useful if more libraries shared results in this way. More generally, we know that there are a lot of local user … Continue reading Sharing usability results

Weekend reading

I am pleased to note two recently released RLG Partnership reports. Schaffner, Jennifer. The Metadata is the Interface: Better Description for Better Discovery of Archives and Special Collections (.pdf: 190K/17 pp.) Smith-Yoshimura, Karen. Networking Names (.pdf: 135K/25 pp.)

Reputation enhancement

I was interested to see the combination of services presented on the Research and Enterprise pages of the London School of Economics. These include: The LSE experts directory LSE Research Online (the institutional repository) Links to corporate relations, commercialization activites, and to podcasts, videos and other public outputs. I was especially interested in the Motivating … Continue reading Reputation enhancement

Recording and disclosing print archiving commitments

My colleague Constrance Malpas is inviting comments on the use of MARC Field 583 “to record and effectively disclose local print archiving commitments so that libraries might better judge the relative risk of local de-duplication efforts or, conversely, where maximum preservation benefit might be gained through a distributed archiving effort”. The document is available here … Continue reading Recording and disclosing print archiving commitments

Metadata creation practices

We have released a report on metadata creation practices based on a survey of RLG partner institutions. 134 responses from 67 institutions were received. Ayers, Leighann, Beth Picknally Camden, Lisa German, Peggy Johnson, Caroline Miller and Karen Smith-Yoshimura. 2009. What We’ve Learned from the RLG Partners Metadata Creation Workflows Survey. Published online at: [pdf]. … Continue reading Metadata creation practices

Collective collection policies

One of the more interesting library developments in recent years has been the growing interest in cooperative approaches to the storage and management of collections. This has been made more real by pressures on space, and the opportunity cost of using that space to house print collections. Such collaborative sourcing throws up the need for … Continue reading Collective collection policies