Category Archives: Europe

British Library teams with scholars and archivists to create Voices of Science,

“A major oral history project to gather the life stories of British scientists has culminated today in the launch of a new online archive by the British Library. Voices of Science is drawn from a National Life Stories programme ‘An Oral History of British Science’, and features interviews with 100 leading UK scientists and engineers, telling the stories of some of the most remarkable scientific and engineering discoveries of the past century as well as the personal stories of each individual.”

The Darwin project collaborated with the Cambridge Digital Library

The Darwin Project collaborated with the Cambridge Digital Library to publish images of about 1,200 letters exchanged between Charles Darwin and Joseph Dalton Hooker. There are more than 5,000 images in the collection.

No single set of letters was more important to Darwin than those exchanged with the botanist Joseph Dalton Hooker (1817-1911). Their letters account for around 10% of Darwin’s surviving correspondence and provide a structure within which all the other letters can be explored.  They are a connecting thread that spans forty years of Darwin’s mature working life from 1843 until his death in 1882, and bring into sharp focus every aspect of Darwin’s scientific work throughout that period. They illuminate the mutual friendships he and Hooker shared with other scientists, but they also provide a window of unparalleled intimacy into the personal lives of the two men.

Two articles on different aspects of international collaboration

There are many good new articles that are in the journal, Insights: The UKSG Journal, Volume 26, Number 1, March 2013. (Full text limited to subscribers.) Two of the articles are:

The Finnish National Digital Library: a national service is developed in collaboration with a network of libraries, archives and museums

The National Library Finland (NLF) is responsible for the development of the public interface service Finna, which is part of the NDL and will also act as the national aggregator for Europeana. The NLF has decided to develop this comprehensive service based on open source components, and the development of the software is in the hands of experienced developers. In terms of challenges, the greatest challenge has to be constructing and co-ordinating the mechanisms to enable organizations’ participation.

and Co-operation and collaboration to strengthen the global research cycle

This article provides an update on the International Network for the Availability of Scientific Publications (INASP), a development charity working in Africa, Asia and Latin America. INASP’s work with partners helps strengthen the global research communication cycle in all its forms (research availability, access, use, creation and communication). To help activities have the most impact and reach, it establishes effective partnerships and co-operates and collaborates with libraries, library consortia, publishers and policy makers in developing and developed countries. Some of these partnerships will be explored, including INASP’s work with country co-ordination teams, library consortia and international publishers who provide online journal and book access and support resource access, awareness and use through ‘Publishers for Development’. Looking ahead, the emerging ‘Librarians for Development’ will be introduced, with its promise of how a group of librarians from developing and developed countries might help support and enrich the work of each other.

Information Handling in Collaborative Research

From LIBER Quarterly, an article by Ellen Collins and Michael Jubb.

UK public policy makers have a growing interest in collaborative research, where academics work with public, private or third sector partners on a joint project which supports the partner’s aims. This paper reports on the findings of five case studies, looking at how information is sourced, managed, used and shared within collaborative research projects. It finds that researchers within collaborative projects have similar information management issues as are known to exist within academia more broadly, but that the specific conditions which govern research collaborations mean that interventions to improve or support information management must be carefully tailored.

Cambridge and Oxford – rivals joining forces to save Jewish history.

Cambridge University Library and the University of Oxford’s Bodleian Libraries announced that they will join forces to purchase a collection of 1,700 fragments of Hebrew and Arabic manuscripts from the 9th – 19th century.,000-years-of-jewish-history

Europeana opens up data on 20 million cultural items

Excerpt: Europeana “aggregates digitised books, paintings, photographs, recordings and films from over 2,200 contributing cultural heritage organisations across Europe – including major national bodies such as the British Library, the Louvre and the Rijksmuseum. Today Europeana is opening up data about all 20 million of the items it holds under the CC0 rights waiver.”

Is the information profession fragmented?

Nicola Franklin notes in her article for Information Outlook, “The Collaboration of the Information Professions,” (subscription required) that “the various information professions appear to be fragmented.  Are efforts to bring them together misguided, or long overdue?”

One of her colleagues, Mark Field, started this discussion topic, the Fragmentation Death of the Information Professions in a private CILIP (UK) LinkedIn group back in 2010.  He defined specialist information workers as including information scientists, librarians, records managers, archivists, and information architects, and more.  This post attracted over 180 comments, and it is clear that the topic is on the minds of many in the information industry.

In short, two meetings were convened to discuss the matter.  Suzanne Burge and Nicola Franklin blog about the two meetings.

Do you dare to share?

If you do, then you might be interested in reading about this conference that took place in London….

Dare to share: long-term collections management
6 September 2010, Wellcome Collection Conference Centre, London

This one day conference examined how libraries and other research institutions can benefit from integrating preservation into broader, long-term collections management strategies, with a particular emphasis on collaborative preservation ventures. Speakers from the UK and abroad presented current thinking on hybrid collections; using collection strengths to inform integrated strategies for resource allocation; how digitisation affects what we keep; protecting investment in digitisation projects; the carbon footprint of preservation; and whether the UK Research Reserve should or could be used as a model for other library materials.

Improving Access to Historical Texts

Clemens Neudecker and Asaf Tzadok wrote this article, “User Collaboration for Improving Access to Historical Texts,” for the journal LIBER Quarterly: The Journal of European Research Libraries.

The paper will describe how web-based collaboration tools can engage users in the building of historical printed text resources created by mass digitisation projects. The drivers for developing such tools will be presented, identifying the benefits that can be derived for both the user community and cultural heritage institutions.

Happy reading.

A case study of effective collaboration

This article just came out in the New Review of Academic Librarianship. (Subscription is required.) It has a focus on librarianship in the UK.

Enhancing the Student Experience Through Effective Collaboration: A Case Study

Reflecting a move to more significantly include librarians in educational collaboration (Schulte and Sherwill-Navarro 2009), this paper provides insight into the development of an innovative health curriculum in which academic staff, together with library staff, have engaged in successful collaborative working on a range of health and social care professional programs.