VALA2008 Plenary 1 Powell

VALA2008Repositories through the looking glass

VALA 2008 PLENARY 1: Andy Powell
Tuesday 5 February 2008, 09:00 – 10:15
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VALA2010 Keynote SpeakerAndy Powell

Head of Development, Eduserv Foundation, UK

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“I can’t remember things before they happen.” “It’s a poor sort of memory that only works backwards,” the Queen remarked.

Repositories of open access scholarly papers are a well-established part of the information landscape, at least in policy terms, and their successful delivery will almost certainly feature somewhere on the agenda of most academic libraries. Repositories are of interest not just in their own right but as a microcosm of the wider library landscape – indicating how the world is changing and how libraries need to change in response. Drawing on a range of perspectives from political and social to technical, this presentation will attempt to answer the question: what do Web 2.0 and the Semantic Web tell us about the future of repositories and, by implication, about library services generally?