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1 The network reconfigures the library: people and places, collections and services. Lorcan Dempsey Lir Seminar April 2008 Liberty Hall, Dublin

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5 Picture: Robin Alston

6 Then: vertically integrated around collection Now: moving apart in network environment New skills …. Space Expertise Collections Systems and services

7 HIGH TOUCH SERVICE Place

8 – Space infused with value – How has the value changed over time? – Engagement with collections, expertise and services? Space – Opportunity costs – Valuable real estate – Growing pressure in many environments – New spaces

9 Place Infrastructure -> customer relations Higher value activity – Access to scarce resources – people, equipment, specialist advice, exhibition, … – Individual, group, social

10 These student comments suggest that good study space is responsive to the academic and social dimensions of study in ways that allow students to control them both. Scott Bennett

11 Gleason Library U Rochester Photos: S. Gibbons

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13 ENGAGE WITH THE LEARNING PROCESS PARTNERSHIP REPURPOSE AND RECALIBRATE Place

14 NEW DIRECTIONS Collections

15 Collections grid highlow high STEWARDSHIP UNIQUENESS Books Journals Newspapers Gov. docs CD, DVD Maps Scores Special collections Rare books Local/Historical newspapers Local history materials Archives & Manuscripts, Theses & dissertations Research, learning and administrative materials, ePrints/tech reports Learning objects Courseware E-portfolios Research data Institutional records Reports, newsletters, etc Freely-accessible web resources Websites Open source software Newsgroup archives

16 Trends Mass digitization and off-site storage Licensed: rented Special collections onto the web Thematic collections of web resources Research, learning and administrative materials published on the web The new special collections.

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18 Thematic research collections

19 Published materials: discourse Primary materials: evidence Interpreted materials: exhibition Library Archive Museum

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22 NEGOTIATION ENGAGEMENT WITH RESEARCHERS AND LEARNERS AS CREATORS ARCHIVAL PRACTICE: INSTITUTIONAL ASSETS INTERPRETATION AND EXHIBITION Collections

23 THE PERSON IS AN ENTRY POINT Expertise

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27 Source: Susan Gibbons, U Rochester

28 IMPROVE UNIVERSITY RESEARCH AND LEARNING CAPACITIES: PUBLISHING INTERPRETING AVAILABLE RESOURCES IN TERMS OF SPECIFIC RESEARCH AND LEARNING NEEDS SPECIALIST CONSULTANCY: GIS, METADATA, IPR, … MARKETING AND ASSESSMENT: UNDERSTAND NEEDS AND DEVELOP SERVICES TO MEET THOSE NEEDS Expertise

29 IN THE FLOW Services and systems

30 library Consumer environments Management environment Licensed Bought Faculty& students Digitized Aggregations Resource sharing … Institutional Workflow Portals, CMS, IR, … Personal Workflow RSS, toolbars,.. Network level workflow Google, … Integrated local user environment? Library web presence Resource sharing, …

31 Discovery happens elsewhere Resources are abundant; attention scarce Build services around workflow The big squeeze

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33 Now: Federated access to multi-institutional holdings with support for personal collection-building and sharing

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40 SUPPORT FOR FACULTY AND STUDENT GATHER/CREATE/SHARE PLACING THE LIBRARY IN THE FLOW DIGITAL ASSET MANAGEMENT MORE SOPHISTICATED SOURCING DECISIONS Systems and services

41 VALUE TRANSLATION: SHOWING THE VALUE OF THE LIBRARY IN THE CONTEXT OF THE VALUES OF THE HOME INSTITUTION Leadership

42 Thank you


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