Category Archives: International Collaboration

Guardian Higher Education Live Tweet Chat

The Higher Education section of the Guardian Newspaper recently held a live chat. Their article, What role do university librarians play in access to research?, and the chat explored “ways in which librarians can and do support access to research, including institutional repositories, Open Access, and support and collaboration.”

Ruth Jenkins created a Storify of the Tweets.

Another report and a new book

I have a Google Scholar alert set up to help me find new items concerning collaboration in libraries.  This morning, these two things popped up.

Report from the Fondazione Rinascimento Digitale – What might the future be for international collaboration in digital scholarship and preservation?

Over the last decade and a half there has been impressive progress in building digital collections and preserving important cultural heritage information both in digitizing and more recently in capturing born digital content. Yet the pace of publishing has outstripped the traditional library model and capacity for keeping up with collecting and preserving important content. Simply stated the traditional model cannot scale to keep pace with the vast amount of information being created. What can be done about it? Is there an international approach? What will the future hold for digital scholarship and preservation depends on actions that can be formulated and executed today to address the future.

Book – William Blake and the Digital Humanities: Collaboration, Participation, and Social Media A bit of the book is also in Google Books.

William Blake’s work demonstrates two tendencies that are central to social media: collaboration and participation. Not only does Blake cite and adapt the work of earlier authors and visual artists, but contemporary authors, musicians, and filmmakers feel compelled to use Blake in their own creative acts. This book identifies and examines Blake’s work as a social and participatory network, a phenomenon described as zoamorphosis, which encourages — even demands — that others take up Blake’s creative mission. The authors rexamine the history of the digital humanities in relation to the study and dissemination of Blake’s work: from alternatives to traditional forms of archiving embodied by Blake’s citation on Twitter and Blakean remixes on YouTube, smartmobs using Blake’s name as an inspiration to protest the 2004 Republican National Convention, and students crowdsourcing reading and instruction in digital classrooms to better understand and participate in Blake’s world. The book also includes a consideration of Blakean motifs that have created artistic networks in music, literature, and film in the twentieth and the twenty-first centuries, showing how Blake is an ideal exemplar for understanding creativity in the digital age.

Instant Ideas and Collaboration – #uklibchat

The #uklibchat starts in less than an hour.  Here is some background to Twitter and the event.

The session will be a chance to reflect on 2012 and look ahead to 2013. In advance of the chat, we are asking you to share your New Year’s Resolutions with us, whether professional resolutions for yourself or for your service. You can do so here.

If you’d like to find out more about some of the exciting things people have been doing this year, or share your predictions and resolutions for the year ahead, why not join us for #uklibchat on Tuesday 8th January 6.30 pm – 8.30 pm GMT.

Note: This will be 1:30-3:30pm EST or 10:30am-12:30pm PST for US peeps.

The benefits of international collaboration

This article recently came out as an “early view” in the Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology. It is “Quantifying the benefits of international scientific collaboration,” by Vicente P. Guerrero Bote, Carlos Olmeda-Gómez, and Félix de Moya-Anegón. (Subscription required.)

We analyze the benefits in terms of scientific impact deriving from international collaboration, examining both those for a country when it collaborates and also those for the other countries when they are collaborating with the former. The data show the more countries there are involved in the collaboration, the greater the gain in impact. Contrary to what we expected, the scientific impact of a country does not significantly influence the benefit it derives from collaboration, but does seem to positively influence the benefit obtained by the other countries collaborating with it. Although there was a weak correlation between these two classes of benefit, the countries with the highest impact were clear outliers from this correlation, tending to provide proportionally more benefit to their collaborating countries than they themselves obtained. Two surprising findings were the null benefit resulting from collaboration with Iran, and the small benefit resulting from collaboration with the United States despite its high impact.

ALIA Conference in Australia, July 10-13, 2012

The ALIA Conference will be taking place in Sydney later this month.  It looks like they have already posted some of the papers that will be presented at the conference.  I see three sessions concerning collaboration and libraries, and two of them are available online (as far as I can find.)

iPads: outreach, collaboration, and innovation in academic libraries” (PDF) by Freya Bruce, Vicki Bourbous, Maria El-Chami, John Eliot, and Sarah Howard, Australian Catholic University

Ecosciences precinct library – collaboration of spaces & people” (PDF) by Helen Macpherson, Queensland Department of Employment, Economic Development and Innovation, and Anne Tobin, Queensland Department of Environment and Resource Management

“International Collaboration to put Evidence into Practice” by Lisa Kruesi, University of Queensland Library, Suzanne Lewis, Central Coast Local Health District, and Connie Schardt, Duke University

Here is the full program as a PDF document.

Collaboration and digital libraries

There is a new article in the July 2012 issue of The Library Quarterly by Steven Buchanan, Forbes Gibb, Susan Simmons, and David McMenemy. It is “Digital Library Collaboration: A Service-Oriented Perspective.”

Collaboration in the digital domain offers an opportunity to provide enhanced digital services and extended reach to the community. This article adopts a service-oriented perspective through which it considers environmental drivers for digital library collaboration; discusses emergent collaborative partnerships across UK educational institutions, social services, health services, private industry, and cultural sectors; considers associated challenges; and identifies best practices. Existing and potential synergistic relationships are explored across the broader cultural sector—in particular, with the respective processes of libraries, museums, archives, arts and broadcasting organizations comprehensively identified and mapped (commonality), and the relationship to service-oriented architecture highlighted. The degree of digital service collaboration is also explored through an indicative review of Scottish public library websites, encompassing thirty-two regional library networks and including the National Library. Collaboration is found to be evident but limited in the digital domain, with strategic and architectural recommendations made.

International collaboration to help transform the way libraries manage their resources

Excerpt: “Kuali OLE, one of the largest academic library software collaborations in the United States, and JISC, the UK’s expert on digital technologies for education and research, announce a collaboration that will make data about e-resources—such as publication and licensing information—more easily available. Together, Kuali OLE and JISC will develop an international open data repository that will give academic libraries a broader view of subscribed resources.  The effort, known as the Global Open Knowledgebase (GOKb) project, is funded in part by a $499,000 grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.  North Carolina State University will serve as lead institution for the project.”

CALL FOR PAPERS: International Conference on Library Cooperation and Resource Sharing

International Conference on Library Cooperation and Resource Sharing

Mid October 2012
Beijing, China

It has been almost 10 years since establishing the University Network Library of Beijing in 2002. An international conference was held in 2004 titled “Building Digital Resources and Providing Information Services in the Network Environment: An International Conference on Regional Cooperation and Resource Sharing of Libraries.” At that time, library consortia were about to emerge in China, so the conference focused mainly on the topic of building and sharing literature resources. In 2008, a second international conference titled “International Conference on the Development of Subject Librarianship and Personal Librarianship” was held. This meeting covered the topics of subject librarians, subject librarian services, and personalized information services.

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Collaboration between the Digital Public Library of America and Europeana

From the Library Journal – “Digital Public Library of America and Europeana Announce Collaboration

At the Digital Library of America plenary meeting on October 21, Europeana program director Jill Cousins announced that Europeana and DPLA have reached a mutual agreement to work toward interoperability, and thus potentially expand content access for users of both projects. In her announcement, she stressed the importance of openness—specifically, open data and open licensing—in digital libraries.


Excerpt: “A recent statement by the International Association of Scientific Technical and Medical Publishers (STM) advocates a set of new guidelines for document delivery ( While intellectual property laws vary from country to country, STM’s approach would radically alter well-established library practices that advance knowledge, support scholarship, and are compliant with current copyright laws. The STM recommendations are in conflict with widely held principles that provide a copyright exception for interlibrary loan (ILL) activities. The regime anticipated by the STM statement would place unfair restrictions on researchers’ access to information.”

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