Category Archives: Museum Library Collaboration

FDR archive available on the web

A publicly available database of documents and photographs relating to Franklin D. Roosevelt and Eleanor Roosevelt is now available. The database is a collaborative effort by the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum, the National Archives and Records Administration, Marist College, IBM and the Roosevelt Institute.



Collaboration in Maine at the Margaret Chase Smith Library

Richards, David. “The Margaret Chase Smith Library: A Unique Collection Fostered by a History of Collaboration.” Maine Policy Review 22.1 (2013) : 62 -64,

Maine is a small state with a long history of scarce resources, of “making do,” and of “helping your neighbor.” The state’s libraries are a prime example what can be achieved to maximize resources through partnerships and collaboration. David Richards discusses the Margaret Chase Smith Library in Skowhegan, Maine, which he terms “a unique collection fostered by a history of collaboration.” Richards describes the vital role collaborations with multiple kinds of partners have played in helping the library fulfill its four functions: archives, museum, education, and public policy.

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.

Museum and LIS education collaboration

Google scholar notified me of this new article in Library Trends, “Retrocomputing, Archival Research, and Digital Heritage Preservation: A Computer Museum and iSchool Collaboration” (A subscription may be required.)
From the Abstract:

This article discusses the potential contributions of lay members of the public to the dialogue around the data/information/knowledge life-cycle in a community technology museum, the Goodwill Computer Museum in Austin, Texas. Through an examination of the museum’s collaboration with the University of Texas School of Information, the article addresses the situation that arises when a museum is created by non(museum)-professionals who control considerable expertise in the subject field, and explores how the presence and collaboration of volunteers allows the museum to serve as a laboratory setting for the participation of academic researchers in the field of digital heritage preservation.

The British Film Institute and the British Library join forces

As noted in their press release, the BFI and British Library are collaborating to increase access to their collections.

The BFI and the British Library have today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), with the objective of increasing public, professional and research access to audiovisual and broadcast content and integrating it with other knowledge collections.

Signed by BFI Director, Amanda Nevill and British Library CEO, Dame Lynne Brindley, the MOU outlines key areas for joint strategic thinking, including public access, rights management and digitisation.

Thanks to Gary Price for letting me know.

Museum Computer Network Conference focus on Library Collaboration

Museum Information, Museum Efficiency: Doing More with Less!

37th Annual MCN Conference
November 11th -14th, 2009
Doubletree Hotel – Lloyd Center, Portland, Oregon
Online registration for MCN 2009 open now!

Programs include:

  • Digital Convergence: Archives, Libraries, and Museums
  • Using Open Source Software in an Era of Tight Budgets
  • Tweets to Sweeten Collaborations for Archives, Libraries, and Museums
  • Libraries, Archives, and Museums: From Collaboration to Convergence
  • Institutional Collaborations across the Digital Divide: The Vogel 50×50 Web Site as a Model for Digital Collection Presentation