Kate Harcourt, Jim LeBlanc
Abstract: The Columbia and Cornell University Libraries’ partnership is now in its fourth year. Its composite acro-nym (2CUL), which condenses a doubling of the two participating libraries’ initial letters, in itself reflects the very nature of the collaboration’s strategic purpose: a broad integration of library activities in a number of areas – including collection development, acquisitions and cataloging, e-resources and digital management, and digital preservation. In what is perhaps their boldest, most ambitious 2CUL initiative to date, the two libraries have begun planning for and have taken the first steps towards an integration of their substantial technical services operations. In this paper, the authors outline the goals of 2CUL Technical Services Integration (TSI), report on the first phase of the work, reflect on what they have learned so far in planning for this operational union, and look forward to the next steps of the project in which the two institutions will initiate incrementally the functional integration of the two divisions. The period covered in Phase 1 of TSI is September 2012-December 2013.
Lori Birrell and Marcy Strong from the University of Rochester, River Campus Libraries have published an article in Archival Practice that details a collaborative effort between catalogers, reference subject specialists and special collections librarians to process manuscript collections.
The article discusses how their experience could form the foundation of a model for sustainable collaboration in the academic library. The full text can be found on the journal’s website.
Article in the Sept/Oct 2014 issue of Online Searcher.
“New tools and apps that facilitate sharing, increase accuracy, and enhance productivity are welcome additions to the information professional’s toolkit. Barbie Keiser identifies several that will cut down on the frustrations encountered when ideas are lost and work must be redone.”
By Barbie E. Keiser
On behalf of our partners at Dartmouth College and Boston Public Library, we are pleased to announce the launch of an exciting new initiative, funded by the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS), that will examine how libraries, archives, and museums, can most effectively use crowdsourcing techniques to augment their collections and enhance their patrons’ experience!
This initiative, provisionally entitled the Crowdsourcing Consortium for Libraries and Archives (CCLA), will employ a series of meetings and webinars to collect, examine, and share the most recent, cutting-edge technologies, tools, and platforms and accompanying best practices in the field. The goal of the CCLA is to create a forum that enables all interested stakeholders to join a national conversation about the most pressing needs and challenges regarding the development and deployment of crowdsourcing technologies in the cultural heritage domain.
As a first step in this process, we want to hear from you!
The CCLA team invites you to take a short 10-minute survey to share your thoughts on the current state of crowdsourcing in libraries, museums, and other cultural heritage institutions. Your opinions and insights will directly inform the agenda of upcoming CCLA activities and events, influence the discourse of current and future discussions, and have the potential to translate into real-world applications.
P.S.To stay informed about upcoming CCLA events, please follow us on Twitter: @crowdconsortium
Read more: “Ten years ago, a group of universities started a collaborative software project touted as an alternative to commercial software companies, which were criticized as too costly. On Friday the project’s leaders made a surprising announcement: that it would essentially become a commercial entity
The software at issue, called Kuali, does the boring but important work of managing accounting, billing, e-commerce, budgeting, and other campus functions. Colleges can pay software companies tens of millions of dollars for these mission-critical tools, and the vision of Kuali was to take a do-it-yourself approach. The nonprofit Kuali Foundation helped manage development of free software that any college or university could use, in what was called a “community source” model. From the beginning the software has been open source, meaning that anyone can look under the hood of the software and make changes to it.”
Nature released the results of a survey of over 3,500 researchers on their use of social networks for collaboration.
The results are broken down by research area, and explore the frequency and depth of use by researchers. The full, open access article is available online.