Posted on March 7th, 2013 by Paul Stainthorp
As part of work to upgrade and improve the Lincoln Repository, the service will be “locked” between 11-13 March. The Repository will still be publicly accessible, but you will not be able to log in or add any new content.
The Lincoln Repository exists for the permanent deposit of research materials produced by our community of staff and students. Repository content can be browsed or searched through http://eprints.lincoln.ac.uk/ or through searching Google. Wherever possible, repository content is freely available for download and re-use.
As part of a project to upgrade and improve the Repository, including work to support the University’s REF (Research Excellence Framework) submission, the Repository software will be upgraded between 11-13 March 2013.
During the upgrade, material posted to the Repository will still be publicly accessible, but the Repository will be “locked”, meaning you will not be able to log in or add any new content.
The upgraded Repository will become accessible again on 13 March.
If you have any questions or concerns about this upgrade process, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Posted on April 27th, 2011 by Paul Stainthorp
The e-journals A-to-Z and link-resolver service will be unavailable this weekend.
- From: Midnight on Friday, 29 April
- Until: 5.00pm on Sunday, 1 May
This is being done so that EBSCO (who provide these services to the University of Lincoln) can upgrade their systems. Please accept our apologies for whatever inconvenience this causes you. You will still be able to search for and access the full-text of electronic journals by using the databases listed on the e-Library section of the University Portal.
Posted on November 27th, 2010 by Paul Stainthorp
This week we launched our long-awaited strategic review of the Library’s ICT systems, with a day’s discussion and planning with library-technology consultant Ken Chad.
Joss Winn (who was there on the day) has already blogged about the love he thinks we can build between us and our users if we get beyond the impersonal ‘survey’ mentality and build a lasting, resilient and genuine relationship out of shared activity…
“By creating a library system that learns from every person who uses it and adapts over time to the environment it is part of, we create a resilient and therefore a sustainable library system that its users fall in love with.”
I’m not very good at self-reflection (see what I did there?), so I’m not here to respond to Joss’s post. Instead, knowing where our systems and processes are at, I’ve been contemplating Ken’s ideas about disruptive technologies in HE libraries, and where we are on the cycle of accepting that our existing model has already been disrupted.
Here are a few reasons why Lincoln is perfectly poised for a bit of disruption:
- Because we don’t have too much history. Lincoln is a young institution (in its current incarnation, at least), and we’ve been through a lot of changes. (We must have opened—and sadly, closed—more libraries than some institutions have had hot dinners.) We’re pretty good at coping with change; change is our only constant, etc.
- Because, if we’re being honest, we probably don’t have as much at stake as some older, richer, universities. We’re more than used to doing things on a shoestring and looking for free solutions to our problems, ideally to supplement, but as often as not instead of investment in commercial systems (poverty breeding experimentation). As a result, our systems are not too overdeveloped, and we should be able to make quick changes of direction without too much pain.
- Because we have the Student as Producer agenda; we have a Library Innovation Group; we have projects such as Jerome, Nucleus, Total ReCal, and so on. In short, we’re surrounded by the academic theory, the administrative machinery, and the working examples to justify an actively disruptive approach to systems development.
- Because of where we are: I’m convinced there’s a benefit to living on the periphery.
- Because (like the countryside, ho ho) the Library staff structure is relatively ‘flat’. No-one’s going to be strung up for speaking out of turn; nobody’s ideas are beyond the Pale; there’s not too much store placed in hierarchy. I sincerely hope this to be true.
- Finally, because of our vice-chancellor’s attitude. Professor Mary Stuart has mentioned (at least twice, in presentations I’ve attended) the imperative to—for want of a better phrase—mash things up. Assuming she really means it—and I’ve no reason to doubt that she does—we’re much better off than if we had to work under the disapproving gaze of a University executive unhappy with experimentation. There are perhaps fewer techno-reactionary voices in the Lincoln establishment than at some other, older universities.
I’m intrigued now by the idea of disruptive technologies in the library, so I’m going to see if I can dig out a few of Clayton Christensen’s books and have a read. Thanks, Ken. (I’ve been following the Disruptive Library Technology Jester for a while now, but I hadn’t realised it was anything other than a clever name.)