The collaborating organisations represent several of the largest research libraries in the world, researchers dedicated to exploring ways to develop and improve access to worldwide digitised library collections, and membership organisations that represent diverse library communities.
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Principal Investigator: Dr Paul Gooding, Information Studies, University of Glasgow
Paul is a Lecturer in Information Studies at the University of Glasgow. His research explores the theoretical and practical impacts of large-scale digitisation in the cultural heritage sector. Paul’s research interests include:
- online use of digital heritage materials
- digital libraries and digitisation
- the influence of national digital collections on researchers and libraries
- the impact of digital materials on conceptions of textuality and information behaviour.
He is particularly interested in exploring how large-scale cultural datasets and computational methodologies can help us to explore these issues. He is currently Principal Investigator on the AHRC-funded Digital Library Futures project, which explores the impact of Non-Print Legal Deposit in the United Kingdom.
Co-Investigator: Mike Furlough, HathiTrust
Mike is the Executive Director of HathiTrust Digital Library. His research has focused on how libraries and universities develop organizational support for emerging scholarly communication practices, and he has presented work at the Digital Library Federation Forum, the American Association of University Presses, the Charleston Conference, the Bloomsbury Conference, and Educause, among others.
His most recent research project is titled Fit for Purpose: Developing Business Cases for New Services in Research Libraries, which is sponsored by the Council on Library and Information Resources, and published by MediaCommons Press.
After joining the University of Virginia Library in 1997 he led the GeoStat lab, initiating support for GIS in digital humanities research, and later led planning for and development of the Scholar’s Lab. From 2006-2014 he served as Assistant and later Associate Dean for Research and Scholarly Communications at Penn State University Libraries, where he led content stewardship services that support the life cycle of scholarly production.
Key project partners
The mission of the British Library is to make its intellectual heritage accessible to everyone for research, inspiration, and enjoyment. The British Library’s commitment to digitisation and the discoverability of digitised content is reflected in two of its current projects:
- Heritage Made Digital, which seeks to make unique, rare or fragile heritage collections freely available online
- Everything Available, which involves setting a strategy for digitisation priorities, taking into account what researchers need in the UK and internationally.
National Library of Scotland
In its current strategic plan, The Way Forward: 2015-2020, the National Library of Scotland has created a bold and ambitious strategy to have a third of its collections, which currently number around 30 million items, in digital format by 2025. It is also starting to develop a new Digital Scholarship service at the library. As these initiatives take shape, the Library wants to ensure that its digital collections are as open as possible, in formats that make them as easy to undertake research with as possible.
National Library of Wales
The National Library of Wales has a long-running digitisation programme, a key component of its current strategy, The Nation’s Memory: Informing the Future: Strategic Plan 2017-2021, where it aims to double the number of digitised items available online during the strategy period. The library wants to amplify the efforts of individual institutions by participating in activities that put digitisation planning in a global and collaborative context.
Research Libraries UK (RLUK)
The members of Research Libraries UK are working to support digital scholarship in a number of ways: from digitisation of physical texts, through enabling the discoverability of these resources, to the long-term curation and preservation of digitised and born-digital items. The RLUK strategy, Reshaping Scholarship, explicitly references the need to define the role of the library in digital scholarship and to facilitate the sharing of existing best practice.