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Digital Curation in Research Libraries & the Learning Commons: New ARL Report

In case anyone missed it, on March 17, 2011, the Association of Research Libraries (ARL), published a report: New Roles for New Times: Digital Curation for Preservation. Authored by Tyler Walters (Dean of University Libraries, Virginia Tech) and Katherine Skinner (Executive Director of the Educopia Institute), the report "...looks at how libraries are developing new roles and services in the arena of digital curation for preservation." I want to highlight a quote from p. 25: "...they [librarians] are working to redefine the space of the library itself for learning purposes (e.g., learning commons and the “library as place” movement)[emphasis added]. They are also trying to better insert their expertise into the classroom and the research lab.....this approach also can contribute to and positively impact the relationship between the research library and the digital content creators." I highlight this comment because I've spent the past twenty years advocating, researching, writing, and consulting on the Learning Commons concept. And since 2006 (in my keynote talk for ACRL's New England Chapter at UMass/Amherst) I've advocated for recognition of linkages between Learning Commons and digital curation. So in future posts to this blog I will investigate and articulate some of these linkages and interconnections. The ARL report can be accessed here:

http://www.arl.org/bm~doc/nrnt_digital_curation17mar11.pdf

 



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