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Shared Library Systems and Services, Part 1

As part of the Library Systems Programme, two reports have been published exploring the potential for shared library systems across Universities in both Scotland and Wales. In the first of two posts I wanted to briefly introduce you to the two recently published reports, and their main findings/recommendations. In the second post I want to … Read more

Living in interesting times: KualiOLE announce further funding from Mellon Foundation

I thought it was worth posting this announcement I saw about the KualiOLE project receiving further funding from the Mellon Foundation ($750,000 in total). While the KualiOLE project is a partnership between US research libraries, it is also a project which is generating some interest within the UK library community. I don’t think it would be an … Read more

Digital Library User Experience – A video from the future!

I was asked to present a short ‘provocation’ on the topic of the Digital User Experience for the SCONUL winter conference 2012, and the impact this will have on the future of library skills. The strangest thing happened on the way to the conference… A stranger appeared as if from nowhere and presented me with a … Read more

Redesigning Library Systems and Services

Who’d have thought that a redesigned library website could attract quite so much attention. Yet, the recent announcement by Stanford’s University Library that it has redesigned its website seems to have triggered a significant amount of interest. At JISC colleagues have been discussing it for a number of reasons, from the development and UX approach … Read more

Does the library have a role to play in the Digital Humanities?

What role does the library have to play in the increasingly data driven, technologically evolving humanities? Humanities and the social sciences have traditionally been disciplines aligned closely with the institutional library and its resources and services. Increasingly, in my conversations with librarians, there is a concern that while the library as a space remains popular, … Read more

The Squeezed Middle: Exploring the Future of Library Systems

Last week saw a two-day workshop, held at Warwick University, exploring the future of library systems.  I wanted to briefly highlight the format of the two days, and reflect on some of the outcomes from the event.  In particular, how the workshop has helped inform a new funding call that will be published in early … Read more