A significant chunk of my week is made up of fixing broken links in our link resolver (we’re using Gold Rush, not SFX, but I’d guess the breakdown is about the same percentage-wise). Frankly I’m not sure enough is being made here of the quality of the user interface. Most library link resolver interfaces are terrible and confusing to users—and a lot of this writer’s accounting of the 39% of “unknown” problems look like user confusion to me.
Libraries have been digitizing their collections for years, but the materials can be hard to find. Enter the Digital Public Library of America. Worried that Google has an outsized hand in digitizing books, the DPLA is combining, on one site, the digital collections of libraries nationwide â free.
Preservation is an ongoing source of concern with regard to digital scholarship—something even a go-online, go-OA advocate such as myself can appreciate. But it can’t be left to commercial enterprise, either. (Though see also Dorothea Salo’s comment concerning HathiTrust and Portico—and nobody mentioned LOCKSS at all.)
It’s pretty clear that library spaces have to reconfigure or go away. The one where I work is one of the busiest buildings on campus, but it’s a study and collaboration space (with research assistance) rather than a place where one goes primarily to browse or locate print journals.