Introducing The SourceGrowing the pie: Increasing the level of cultural philanthropy in Aotearoa New Zealand (Note: PDF)
From the website of the Ministry for Culture & Heritage
For centuries, culture and private philanthropy have been inextricably linked. Early in the first century AD, the Roman poet Horace dedicated his first poem in Odes:I to his patron, Maecenas. The great painters of the European Renaissance were supported by wealthy individuals and rulers of states – both secular and religious. In pre-European Māori history, those with creative gifts were nurtured by their iwi or hapū. In modern Aotearoa New Zealand, the generosity of philanthropists over the decades has played a critical role in the growth of this nation’s cultural ecology. However, for culture to flourish truly and sustainably, it is vital that levels of private philanthropy in Aotearoa New Zealand are boosted.
Christopher Finlayson established the Cultural Philanthropy Taskforce in 2009; his brief to the Taskforce was succinct: I am keen for the Taskforce to explore whether there are new opportunities to encourage private investment in the arts in New Zealand over the next five to ten years.
Defining “Born Digital” (Note: PDF)
From the OCLC website
The purpose of this document is to define “born digital” and the various types of born-digital materials. It is intended to improve community discourse by encouraging caretakers of born-digital resources to specify what they mean when they use the term.
Digital forensics and born-digital content in cultural heritage collections (Note: PDF)
From the website of the Council on Library and Information Resources
This report introduces the field of digital forensics in the cultural heritage sector and explores some points of convergence between the interests of those charged with collecting and maintaining born-digital cultural heritage materials and those charged with collecting and maintaining legal evidence.
Turning the page: The future of eBooks (Note: PDF)
From the PricewaterhouseCoopers website
This new study examines trends and developments in the eBooks and eReaders market in the United States, United Kingdom, the Netherlands, and Germany, and discusses major challenges and key questions for the publishing industry worldwide. It also identifies market opportunities and developments for eBooks and eReaders, and makes recommendations for publishers, traditional retailers, online retailers, and intermediaries.
Given that publishers, internet bookstores, and companies that manufacture eReaders have high expectations for the digital future of the book industry, the study asks if a new generation of eReaders may, at last, achieve the long-awaited breakthrough that lures consumers away from paper and ink.
The survey of library database licensing practices
From the website of the Primary Research Group
The Primary Research Group has just released this new report. The complete report is a fee-based document but some highlights have been made available at no charge. The Complete TOC is available.
The 115-page report looks closely at how nearly 100 academic, special and public libraries in the United States, the UK, continental Europe, Canada, and Australia plan their database licensing practices. The report also covers the impact of digital repositories and open access publishing on database licensing. Data is broken out by size and type of library. Among the many issues covered:
- database licensing volume
- use of consortiums
- consortium development plans
- satisfaction levels with the coverage of podcasts, video, listservs, blogs and wikis in full text databases
- spending levels on various types of content such as electronic journals, article databases and directories
- perceptions of price increases for various types of subject matter
- legal disputes between publishers and libraries
- contract language
- impact of mobile computing and other issues
Cloud-sourcing research collections: Managing print in the mass-digitized library environment (Note: PDF)
From the OCLC website
This report presents findings from a year-long study designed and executed by OCLC Research, the HathiTrust, New York University's Elmer Bobst Library, and the Research Collections Access & Preservation (ReCAP) consortium, with support from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
The objective of the project was to examine the feasibility of outsourcing management of low-use print books held in academic libraries to shared service providers, including large-scale print and digital repositories. The study assessed the opportunity for library space saving and cost avoidance through the systematic and intentional outsourcing of local management operations for digitised books to shared service providers and progressive downsizing of local print collections in favour of negotiated access to the digitised corpus and regionally consolidated print inventory.