Wednesday, 22 February 2012

Library Systems

There was a JISC/SCONUL workshop on the future of library systems in January 2012.
This was posted by Ben Showers with some useful links to follow up

Firstly, I just wanted to say many thanks again for your contributions and hard work during the recent Library Systems workshop. I found the two days incredibly useful, as well as interesting, and I think the two days worked well as a way to flesh out some of the issues and considerations around a complex area like library systems and services.

I wanted to let you know I have written a blog post about the event: It includes some links to presentations and Lorcan’s video (note: At the time of writing this Lorcan’s presentation isn’t posted on OCLC’s YouTube channel yet – but I’ll link directly via the post when it is up).

SCONUL are also adding the presentations to their website so these will be available there shortly too.

The workshop was intended as a way to inform the library systems funding call I have recently been drafting, and I think has helped shape a potentially very valuable piece of work. I would urge you all to keep your eyes peeled for the announcement over the next couple of days (I believe it will be very early February): If you have any ideas etc then do please feel free to contact me or pass my details onto colleagues.

I also wanted to point you all to David Kay’s short synopsis of the prioritisation activity you all undertook around the Library Systems ‘objectives’: I think this captures those areas well, and gives a good sense of some of the areas that might be beneficially pursued in developing a new vision for library systems.

Ben Showers

Programme Manager, Digital Infrastructure

Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC)

Monday, 6 February 2012

University of Bradford UCU local association blog

It was useful to find a link to the blog and a recent posting about the introduction of e-marking.  It appears that the introduction of a pilot service has been extended and with some negative consequences for some UCU members.  That is regrettable.