Tuesday, May 26, 2009

The Collections Grid

Last week I heard Lorcan Dempsey present on the topic of institutional responses to digital curation. During his presentation, Dempsey referred to the Collections Grid. This grid provides a helpful illustration of how libraries currently focus on broadly distributed (“published”) content—i.e., what is uniform and universal. But what are becoming increasingly important for institutions are materials below the uniqueness midpoint bar—i.e., what is unique and local. These are, in formats old and new, special collections.