Additional Resources

BRTF Final Report: Blue Ribbon Task Force on Sustainable Digital Preservation and Access: Sustainable Economics for a Digital Planet, March 2010 

On the Record: Report of The Library of Congress Working Group on the Future of Bibliographic Control, January 9, 2008

JISC & SCONUL Library Management Systems Study
An evaluation and horizon scan of the current library management systems and related systems landscape for UK higher education, March 2008

No Brief Candle: Reconceiving Research Libraries for the 21st Century, published by the Council on Library and Information Resources, Washington, DC, 2008

Elisabeth Jones. “Reinventing Science Librarianship: Themes from the ARLCNI Forum.” Research Library Issues: A Bimonthly Report from ARL, CNI, and SPARC, no. 262 (February 2009): 12–17.

Herbert Van de Sopel et al, "Rethinking Scholarly Communication: Building the System that Scholars Deserve" D-lib Magazine September 2004

Revolutionizing Science and Engineering Through Cyberinfrastructure: Report of the National Science Foundation Blue-Ribbon Advisory Panel on Cyberinfrastructure, January 2003 

Next-Generation Library Services

Based on the unified resource management framework


Alma library management service

To meet the evolving needs of users in the rapidly changing research and learning environments, and to achieve greater efficiency in a time of economic pressure, libraries are increasingly looking for new paradigms to deliver improved and completely new services to users.

By centralizing data services in a cloud environment, Alma supports flexible models for collaboration across the functional spectrum—from cooperative collection development to more seamless sharing of metadata and resources with peer libraries. In this new network environment, libraries can join forces to optimize technical support, purchasing power, collections, and staff knowledge and resources.  

Benefits for Libraries

Enhance efficiency: Alma significantly reduces the time spent working with discrete systems, streamline workflows and facilitates collaboration between colleagues and across networks

Lower the total cost of ownership: By unifying management and workflows across diverse collections and locations, Alma generates cost savings for institutions and consortia

Extend the range of services: Libraries can offer a wider range of services—such as user-driven collection development, active support of researchers, and preservation of digital resources—to extend the role of the library within its institution

Augment the library’s value: Alma increases the library’s value to the institution’s research and learning missions by providing accurate and easy-to-use information resources in a single system, covering all resources types

Reduce IT costs: Alma’s cloud platform frees local staff members from technical burdens

Optimizing collection usage and value: Alma’s focus on actionable intelligence allows libraries to create demanddriven collection development—from user-driven acquisitions to usage-based evaluation

Increase Collaboration: Accelerate collaboration between institutions and wider networks through shared metadata, resources and collaborative workflows

Enable long-term preservation: Unlike other cloud-based services, Alma is preservation ready and allows your institution to carry out comprehensive preservation of digital assets using the Rosetta digital preservation system

Further Reading

NEW! Redefining the academic library, a landmark report by the University Leadership Council  (of the Educational Advisory Board group)

University Investment in the Library, Phase II: An International Study of the Library's Value to the Grants Process. Carol Tenopir with Amy Love, Joseph Park, Lei Wu, Andrea Baer,and Regina Mays. Center for Information and Communication Studies, University of Tennessee. Elsevier 2010

Riding the wave: How Europe can gain from the rising tide of scientific data. Final report of the High Level Expert Group on Scientific Data. A submission to the European Commission. European Union, October 2010

The ARL 2030 Scenarios: A User’s Guide for Research Libraries. October 2010. Association of Research Libraries Stratus, Inc.

Institute of Museum and Library Services (2009). Museums, Libraries and 21st Century Skills (IMLS-2009-NAI-01). Washington, D.C.

ITHAKA S+R Faculty Survey 2009: Key Strategic Insights for Libraries, Publishers and Societies. Roger C. Schonfeld and Ross Housewright. April 2010. Copyright 2010 ITHAKA. Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution No Derivative Works License.

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