California: UC Libraries Digital Collection Project Launches
In late 2011, the Council of University Librarians (CoUL) and the Systemwide Operations and Planning Advisory Group (SOPAG) asked the Next Generation Technical Services Management Team to charge a “Power of Three” team (NGTS POT1) with a set of priority actions, including:
- Propose a model for a systemwide digital management system (DAMS) that meets the needs of those UC campus libraries that do not yet have one.
- Develop requirements for a discovery and display system that can serve as the front-end user interface for an envisioned UC Libraries Digital Collection.
- Develop an aggregation strategy that ensures UC campus libraries’ digital assets will be available for discovery and display as part of the future UC Libraries Digital Collection.
With the CoUL approval of the development of a UC Libraries Digital Collection systemwide service, including its endorsement of a technical model as proposed by NGTS POT1, the project will now be transitioned from its current place within the NGTS structure and into the established UC Libraries systemwide service structure.
CoUL has requested that the California Digital Library assume immediate responsibility for creating a UC Libraries Digital Collections implementation project team, and soon after, a centralized service operations team. Information about the implementation project will be made available publicly at: https://wiki.library.ucsf.edu/display/UCLDC/UCLDC+Implementation.
The conclusion of the NGTS POT1 work and the launch of the UC Libraries Digital Collection Implementation Project mark a significant milestone for the Next Generation Technical Services initiative. CoUL acknowledges and applauds the work of the NGTS Management Team [i], NGTS POT1 [ii], and the many dedicated individuals who served on the NGTS POT1 Lightning Teams [iii]. Their important contributions have brought the UC Libraries closer to its vision of a UC Libraries Digital Collection, supported by a robust systemwide technical, organizational, and service infrastructure. Thank you to all who have participated!
About Gary Price
Gary Price (firstname.lastname@example.org) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. He earned his MLIS degree from Wayne State University in Detroit. Price has won several awards including the SLA Innovations in Technology Award and Alumnus of the Year from the Wayne St. University Library and Information Science Program. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com. Gary is also the co-founder of infoDJ an innovation research consultancy supporting corporate product and business model teams with just-in-time fact and insight finding.