Category Archives: International Collaboration

Networking, collaboration and law–From the LawSync blog

The British Law blog called LawSync from the Sheffield Hallam University mentioned the #SLATalk Twitter Chat on collaboration that recently occurred.

A recent Special Libraries Association Twitter-talk took collaboration as its theme; it is evidently an idea of interest to librarians. Peter Griffith and Pete Smith will be presenting a paper to the British and Irish Association of Law Librarians (BIALL) 2013 conference, discussing their experiences of networking and collaboration in the context of LawSync. They’ll be thinking about some of the issues that have arisen- planning, process, and so on- as well as talking about the benefits of collaboration.

Presenting a paper- and attending conferences- is a well established form of networking, and we certainly hope to catch up with existing contacts and make new ones.

Online networking is the ‘new normal’ of collaboration, and not just for librarians. It’s interesting to note that the recent Riverview Law / DMH Stallard alliance started life on Twitter, but equally interesting to note Jon Busby’s point that this should be no more astonishing that they made contact by phone.

Thanks to Sarah for retweeting and Pete for also noting.


Another good article from Pennsylvania Libraries: Research & Practice

Here is another article from the same issue of Pennsylvania Libraries: Research & Practice.

Using Social Media to Promote International Collaboration” by Hua Sun and Mark Douglas Puterbaugh

This paper explores the use of social media or Web 2.0 services for an international collaborative project. Participants in this collaboration used free and inexpensive social media tools to communicate and work together. This case study presents a model for using inexpensive social media tools to forge new partnerships among academic libraries. Academic libraries can now tap the expertise of fellow librarians in other countries and explore new cultures to improve and extend their services without the huge financial cost once attributed to international collaboration.

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.

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.