Supply and Demand: Special Collections and Digitisation

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Meeting user needs by increasing the scale of digitisation of special collections.

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  • 1. Supply and Demand:Special Collections and DigitisationRicky Erway, RLG Program Officer OCLC Programs and Research JISC CNI Meeting Transforming the User Experience Belfast, Northern Ireland July 10, 2008

2. MyCheckered Past 3. It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligentthat survives.It is the one that is the most adaptable to change. Charles Darwin Image: Auckland Museum 4. 5. Yale University 6. Image: from the end of Raiders of the Lost Ark 7. Marshs Library, Dublin 8. Princeton University Archives 9. Digitization Matters Symposium 10. 11. Yale University Archives vault Digitize for access 12. Selection has already been done Woodcut from Sebastian Brant, Stultifera The ship of fooles 1570 At University of Edinburgh Library 13. Dont get further behind Trinity College Dublin 14. University of Aberdeen Stop thinking about item-level description 15. 16. Quantity over quality Images: labs.live.com/photosynth/ 17. Image: Library of Congress Build permanent infrastructure 18. 19. At this stage, no new effort should be undertaken without a sense of how it will be merged with other existing collections and where the resources for long-term maintenance will come from. --Cornell University digital projects librarian Ongoing programs, not projects 20. Funding for sustainable workflow at scale 21. Scribe book scanner Encourage development of format-specific gear 22. University of Glasgow Learn from your users Linen Hall Library, Belfast 23. 24. Be where the users are Image: informationarchitects.jp/web-trend-map-2008-beta/ 25. Image: Charles Tilford (flickr) 26. Images: Harry Ransom Center, UT Austin 27. 28. Combine approaches 29. Process not projects 30. 31. Do it all Images: A View to Hugh (blog) 32. Share your findings Images: A View to Hugh (blog) 33. Images: various 34. The Stokes Imaging System Images: Stokes Imaging 35. 36. Funding for streamlined processes 37. 38. Preserve Right to Reuse/Remix 39. Work with partners to get what you want 40. Get going! 41. Say it out loud

  • During the next five
  • years, the Library will
  • strengthen further its
  • distinctive work in two
  • areas:digital
  • information technology
  • andspecial collections .
  • At the same time, [we] will work collaboratively with both internal and external partners to increase access to these exceptional tools, systems, and resources; support new modes of teaching, learning, research, and scholarly communication; and preserve, store, and manage traditional and digital materials for future generations.

42. Let your goal be discoverability 43. Discovery happens elsewhere be there 44. Think big thoughts 45. 46. Images: RLG Cultural Materials 47. Resources

  • Shifting Gearshttp://www.oclc.org/programs/ourwork/collectivecoll/harmonization/specialcollections.htm
  • Bloghttp://hangingtogether.org/
  • Webwww.oclc.org /programs
  • Ricky Erway[email_address]
  • Thanks to Jennifer Schaffner, Merrilee Proffitt, Karen Calhoun, and other OCLC contributors.

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