This week ExTeam spent some time discussing three of our <iDi> projects:  one, our Shared Shelf pilot;  second,  our digital asset strategies, including our new Islandora platform and our collaboration with the Chancellor’s Office to explore Islandora as a possible replacement for the CSU-wide ScholarWorks DSpace platform; how Hydra might fit into our community’s needs; and how our Digital Commonshydra_logo_h100_transparent_bg and Selected Works services fit into all this.  Then Conny joined us for a discussion about planning the next iteration of our public web presence: our goals, timeline, and potential partners for Conny. The proposal is for some seamless improvements by fall, but with a focus on improving search (as we move to a new discovery tool, Primo, this summer); and primoimprovements in how we use the main page and footer, but – for a change! – no major overhaul this summer.  In addition to director updates to staff (and ExTeam minutes), we’ll be looking for other ways to share these ideas and get your input, particularly on our web site development.

The move of our Research Help desk to the second floor – completed yesterday morning – is fantastic.  Congratulations to the entire research help team – students, LibRATs, librarians, Doug, Brett, all the collections management team and facilities and tech support group. And those who make maps and signs: you too.  Anyone who’s been here as long as I have (or longer) knows that one of the longstanding debates in this building has been around where reference should happen.  The front desk?  in the front lobby? etc. Until now, the chosen second floor location had never (to my knowledge) been proposed.  It’s just a desk moving…but actually, it’s much more:  the new location is hub-like and busy in the best way, with the buzz of classes and coffee all around, and librarians just a step away.  Nice job everyone!

There’s a new report out from the Smithsonian (presented recently at SXSW) about open access for cultural images – The Impact of Open Access on Galleries, Libraries, Museums, & Archives. It begins with a definition of open access particular to this context (“open access” is defined as ‘making public domain materials openglam.jpgopen for use without any restrictions, and making copyrighted materials available under the provisions of fair use (non-commercial, educational’).  Among the benefits reported for making cultural images open access are “significant new opportunities in fundraising and brand licensing, …cost savings associated with rights and reproduction management overhead,” furthering the missions of cultural institutions, and creating a stronger and more relevant brand.  It’s interesting to compare this discussion of open access in the GLAM (galleries, libraries, archives and museums) world with the relatively fraught and complex discussions of open access in research and university libraries.

Don’t forget to stop by the library Town Hall this morning in 511 at 10 for coffee before a 1 hour informal update on all the exciting spring and summer building projects coming our way.

Enjoy the weekend – and students, have a fantastic spring break!