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Digital Shift Forum – Lorcan Dempsey, OCLC

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RLUK’s Digital Shift Forum brings together colleagues from across the information, research, cultural and heritage communities, and third and commercial sectors, to discuss the future of the digital shift in collections, services, and audiences.

The series aims to promote cross-sector discussion and debate, to enable knowledge exchange, and inspire collaborative endeavour across sectors and communities, for the benefit of RLUK members and the wider research and information management communities.

The Digital Shift Forum is open to all, and you do not need to belong to an RLUK member institution to attend or participate.


Pandemic effects and collection directions
Lorcan Dempsey, Vice President and Chief Strategist, OCLC

28 October 2020, 14:00 – 15:30

Beyond the scramble of the current situation, universities will be looking at long term pandemic effects. This clearly has implications for libraries, as they cleave more closely to university strategies. This presentation briefly looks at some pandemic effects, and considers how it will likely accelerate some collection directions already evident. It will also emphasise two important collection imperatives – for optimisation and for pluralisation. Lorcan will also make some brief remarks about how different national systemic characteristics play into developments, sketching differences between UKI and the US.

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