Making Archival and Special Collections More Accessible is a new publication whose name says it all. The good folk at OCLC Research have pulled together seven years of research and summarised it in this handy document. Some of the content will already be familiar to readers of this blog and the Handbook - but it … Continue reading The ILLiad, and other stories
Tiers for Fears: inter-library loans and Special Collections
Special Collections on inter-library loan? Surely not? But wait ... A new report from OCLC Research, Tiers for Fears: sensible, streamlined sharing of Special Collections*, shares the results of a 2010 survey on interlending of Special Collections. Historically such lending was mainly for exhibitions; now there is growing demand from researchers, thanks to increased visibility … Continue reading Tiers for Fears: inter-library loans and Special Collections
Too Many Collections, So Little Time?
Are you struggling with increasing numbers of users, demand for digital, crumbling collections, unsuitable storage space, intellectual property conundrums, born-digital collections, lack of skills, pressure of public sector cuts and recession ...? You are not alone! Two essential new reports reveal the challenges faced by UK special collections and archives and give us the evidence … Continue reading Too Many Collections, So Little Time?
The Missing Materials Experiment
The Missing materials.org experiment in working together on stolen material, which I cited in the Handbook, has now finished. It didn't achieve huge takeup, but helped publicise the issue of theft, encourage more openness and assisted OCLC Research in developing light touch resources and experimental software. Find out more in this article: Turning out the … Continue reading The Missing Materials Experiment