ERIC Number: ED459760
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Aug
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Shared Challenges and in a Networked Cultural Space.
This paper supplements a previous paper that reported on a tour of leading U.S. research libraries that are investing significantly in and have significant experience with innovative online collections and services. The previous paper reported the following five key challenges: architectural and technical; standards and best practices; strategies for developing sustainable and scaleable digital collections; getting good information about users' information seeking behaviors and needs; and securing long-term access to digital information. The current paper supplements that report with observations about challenges confronting cultural heritage organizations, i.e., libraries, museums, and archives. These challenges are discussed under the following headings: (1) strategic planning, including business planning frameworks, benchmarks of institutional readiness, risk assessment tools, and cost-benefit evaluation of different organizational forms; (2) provision of key infrastructure, including digitization services, distribution services, and alerting services and open software libraries; (3) provision of professional development opportunities, including thinking in new ways about recruitment and professional qualification, ensuring staff are afforded appropriate training opportunities, and providing guidance in change management; and (4) re-assessment and review of the cultural heritage library's mission and values, including balancing not-for-profit service goals, transcending the current role, and determining whether there is room in a networked space for the cultural heritage sector as a whole. (MES)
Descriptors: Archives, Cultural Background, Electronic Libraries, Information Technology, Library Role, Library Services, Museums, Professional Development, Strategic Planning
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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