Posted on December 14th, 2012 by Paul Stainthorp
The University of Lincoln has an internal Library Plan document, which sets out areas of strategic development for our service over the next 3-5 years.
Here are some bare notes I made in a meeting about the Library Plan this morning, relating to e-resources tasks and priorities over the next year. They’re here so I don’t lose them. They won’t make much sense without the Plan itself (which you probably won’t have read), but if you’re interested in what any of these mean, please get in touch.
These will be my priorities in 2013.
- Integration of LibGuides with Blackboard VLE.
- Helpdesk / enquiry management.
- Review use of reference management software.
- Resurrect the Calm (archives & special collections) project.
- REF2014 and beyond – plan for strategic development of the Lincoln Repository, including RDM and e-theses.
- Close the loop on authentication: OpenAthens LA, walk-in access, LOCKSS.
- Stats! Look at the University’s data-warehouse and dashboard approach, Nucleus/data.lincoln.ac.uk, and external services/software (JUSP, RAPTOR, etc.)
- Plan with the subject librarians to hone the use of Find it at Lincoln.
- Plan with the subject librarians/acquisitions to ‘hard launch’ reading lists; look at collection management.
- “Business Information Service”?
Posted on May 4th, 2012 by Paul Stainthorp
With various new services arising out of the ongoing Library ICT systems review, we’re amassing a nice little collection of library-related 2nd-level subdomains. Here’s a list, which I’ll edit as they become live.
- http://library.lincoln.ac.uk/ (i.e. the ‘bare’ library subdomain: this isn’t used at the moment, but we intend that it will become the Library’s ‘root’ web presence)
- http://www.library.lincoln.ac.uk/ (currently used for our SirsiDynix Horizon Information Portal OPAC, which we intend to move to catalogue.library… in order to free up www for our web pages hosted on WordPress)
- http://catalogue.library.lincoln.ac.uk/ (the future home of the library catalogue)
- http://catalog.library.lincoln.ac.uk/ (an alternative/US spelling of catalogue)
- http://findit.library.lincoln.ac.uk/ (a launch point for our new Discovery system, still to be announced,
and with a name yet to be decided!)
- http://lists.library.lincoln.ac.uk/ (Talis Aspire reading lists, currently being developed)
- http://archives.library.lincoln.ac.uk/ (Axiell Calm archives and special collections software)
- http://jerome.library.lincoln.ac.uk/ (Jerome is our innovation platform and a home for experimental search services, being re-developed as part of the CLOCK project)
- http://auth.library.lincoln.ac.uk/ (OpenAthens LA v2.1 authentication software)
- http://proxy.library.lincoln.ac.uk/ (EZProxy authentication software)
- http://guides.library.lincoln.ac.uk/ (LibGuides software)
We also have two core systems which aren’t on the library subdomain:
- http://eprints.lincoln.ac.uk/ (the Lincoln Repository on EPrints – it’s appropriate that this isn’t on library, as we’ve always managed the Repository as a shared/collaborative project between CERD, ICT services, the Library, and the Research Office)
- http://ill.lincoln.ac.uk/ (CLIO inter-library loans software)
Posted on July 8th, 2011 by Paul Stainthorp
Just a note to record that we have now almost completed a project to purchase Axiell Calm as the University of Lincoln Library’s new archives & special collections management software.
Calm is the leading archives system in the UK, is widely used by public archives and museums as well as by universities, and is compliant with the acronym soup of standards in archive management (EAD; ISAD (G); ISAAR (CPF); NCA, anybody?) We’ve also bought into CalmView, which will provide a decent public web front-end to our special collections.
What special collections? Well, there’s the Pilger Archive for starters. Other potential collections at the University (including the Lincolnshire Echo archives and the diaries of Fu Bingchang) haven’t been developed because the Library needed first to develop an infrastructure and expertise in dealing with special collections, but found it hard to do so without a special collection to justify investment: a bit of a chicken-and-egg situation! – hence the purchase of Calm.
Lincolnshire County Council already use Calm to manage the county archives, and have a significant amount of expertise with it. I hope that through our contacts with the county library & archives service (via LISN and elsewhere), we’ll be able to share in their expertise and, potentially, collaborate on future archival projects.
And because Calm provides an OAI-PMH endpoint, we’ll be able to suck our special collections straight into Jerome, just as we’ve already done with our Repository via the same protocol.