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Timothy Burke â€¢ Department of History, Swarthmore College RLG Programs Meeting, Keynote Address June 4, 2007 I taught a course this semester called the History of Reading. One of the student research papers at the end of the semester introduced me to a book I hadnâ€™t heard of, but I suspect many of you have.
OCUL (Ontario Council of University Libraries) has released a nice white paper which discusses issues in providing an end-user access environment for its shared resources, and more interestingly, how that environment engages with the behaviors and expectations of its academic users. This document ( pdf ) was created to highlight opportunities and drive discussion for the OCUL consortium in both the short term through the launch of a new Scholars Portal server in 2008, and in the long term by incorporating more 'social' means of sharing and organizing information within OCUL's Scholars Portal and the larger academic community that it serves. [ Scholr 2.0 ] There is a pdf version and a commentpress version with the benefit of reader comments. As one might expect from a discussion white paper, there is a focus on questions and potential directions.
The National Library of Australia has released an interesting document about the value of union catalogues in general, and Libraries Australia in particular. Here is the concluding paragraph: As Australian library collections move from managing print-based materials to managing digital and licensed resources, the National Union Catalogue provides a significant platform on which to examine, test and create a future for library services.