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The Social Role of Digital Libraries: 

The Social Role of Digital Libraries Professor Derek Law University of Strathclyde

University of Strathclyde: 

University of Strathclyde 18th Century > James Watt >Steam Engine > Industrial Revolution > Environmental Pollution and Global Warming

University of Strathclyde: 

University of Strathclyde James Watt 19th Century >David Livingstone > Exploration of Africa > British Empire > Political chaos from Iraq to the Malvinas

University of Strathclyde: 

University of Strathclyde James Watt David Livingstone 20th Century > John Logie Baird > television > Baywatch and Big Brother

University of Strathclyde: 

University of Strathclyde James Watt David Livingstone John Logie Baird 21st Century > Arthur Van Hoff > Javascript > Pop up windows

Why bother getting involved?: 

Why bother getting involved? Leave it to technology But libraries are user focussed Leave it to the market? But we want to change society, which is not a commercial proposition Leave it to big countries? But one size doesn’t fit all Small is beautiful from Finland to Singapore Not everyone wants to share Leave it to publishers? But they have no grandmothers

Underpinning philosophy: 

Underpinning philosophy The Vesalius Conundrum This is rocket science not a plug in the wall Ease of use = “the satisfied inept” IT Skills Gap is growing (Production<demand) Public sector bodies are producers not just consumers of information The Internet is AT PRESENT very flawed as a teaching and learning tool Librarians are information professionals

Trust Me I’m a Librarian : 

Trust Me I’m a Librarian “People become librarians because they know too much. Their knowledge extends beyond mere categories. They cannot be confined to disciplines. Librarians are all-knowing and all-seeing. They bring order to chaos. They bring wisdom and culture to the masses. They preserve every aspect of human knowledge. Librarians rule. And they will kick the crap out of anyone who says otherwise.” (Olson, 2000)

User not technology driven: 

User not technology driven The Library as place Second most used public service University space has not grown Communities share a history Librarians can collect and interpret that Returning their history to communities Collection focussed

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                                                                                                                                                                                              Organised digital collections to support teaching, learning and research Overview | Contacts | Reports | Policies The Glasgow Digital Library is based at the Centre for Digital Library Research in the University of Strathclyde. It was set up as part of the Research Support Libraries Programme, supplemented by funding from SCRAN for specific digitisation projects.

Glasgow Digital Library: 

Glasgow Digital Library Identifying Resources for Digitisation Encouraging Electronic Content Creation Cost-cutting by City-wide Licences Mirroring heavily used content The Virtual Human Setting and Implementing Standards A distributed regional resource - ScoDiDiLi

Red Clydeside: 

Red Clydeside

Law’s Laws: 

Law’s Laws 1. Good Information systems will drive out bad

Law’s Laws: 

Law’s Laws 1. Good Information systems will drive out bad 2. User Friendly systems aren’t

Training: 

Training The satisfied inept – staff as well as students 13% get information from the Library But it’s also a: cybersandpit dating agency learning space 7x24 chatroom Training ground

Data preservation and trusted repositories: 

Data preservation and trusted repositories Clearing the study Building research collections for the future Digital Asset Management and Curation Repository standards

Trusted Repositories: the five Maori tests: 

Trusted Repositories: the five Maori tests Receive the information with accuracy Store the information with integrity beyond doubt Retrieve the information without amendment Apply appropriate judgement in the use of the information Pass the information on appropriately

Conclusion: 

Conclusion Digital libraries are a social phenomenon as much as a technical one Communities cut across geography as well as class and function There is a lot of money available for creating collections Commercial is not necessarily best He who pays the piper may call the tune – but may not get an audience

The Scottish National Antarctic Expedition, 1902: 

The Scottish National Antarctic Expedition, 1902

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