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1 Networks and libraries Lorcan Dempsey Versions of this presentation were given at JISC Conference Birmingham 15 April 2008 and UKOLN 30 th Anniversary British Library 10 April 2008

2 The real Web 2.0 Concentration Scale matters Diffusion Spread matters Hitwise: top UK search terms

3 Then: Attention abundant; resources scarce Then: users built workflow around libraries Now: library must build services around user workflow Now: Attention scarce; resources abundant

4 Discovery happens elsewhere Gather, create, share

5 Network level – website - workflow Discovery happens elsewhere: a destination? A thin layer around complicated systems variety No website is the sole focus of a users attention The BIG squeeze Concentration Diffusion

6 The replication of tens of thousands of independent data centers, all using similar hardware, running similar software, and employing similar kinds of workers, has imposed severe penalties on the economy. It has led to the overbuilding of IT assets in almost every sector of industry, dampening the productivity gains that can spring from computer automation. The BIG switch Computational capacity: Amazon web services, Google Apps Process/workflow : Salesforce.com, serials solution, … Functional platforms: ebay, google, worldcat.org,.. Nick Carr WW Norton 2008

7 Four challenges Specific local Value A presence on the web: concentration and diffusion Library Logistics Institutional asset management

8 Four challenges Specific local Value A presence on the web: concentration and diffusion Library Logistics Institutional asset management

9 On the web Destination Gravitational pull Syndication Data Search engines Services Social networks Other institutional services

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14 Library logistics Remove redundancies and create systemwide efficiencies Find it/get it Collective collection Print Digital Syndication ERM Shared Services?

15 Thank you


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