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Recent Work

Products of the University of California Systemwide Libraries, the documents collected here are of potential interest to audiences beyond the UC Libraries themselves. These documents are reflective of the leadership shown by the UC Libraries during a period of rapid growth and change impacting academic libraries as well as people and institutions they serve.

Cover page of Holistic Decision-Making Frameworks: Accountability, Transparency, and Communication

Holistic Decision-Making Frameworks: Accountability, Transparency, and Communication

(2021)

Panelists in this traditional session will discuss holistic decision-making frameworks for collection management activities. They will share how to build accountability to their organizational mission and values in these frameworks, as well as transparency in decision-making and strategic thinking to achieve long-term goals. In particular, the panelists will focus on how they are thinking about and embedding principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion in these decision-making frameworks. The panelists represent a variety of institutional perspectives with differing stakeholders, priorities, legacies, and processes in place, as well as a range of collection management functions, which includes prioritizing processing; strategic decision-making related to backlogs, reappraisal, and discovery; ethical and legal responsibilities towards contributors of metadata; and the creation of a DEI interest group to critically examine all areas of collection management.

Cover page of Statement on Inclusion and Equity in Special Collections, Archives, and Distinctive Collections in the University of California Libraries

Statement on Inclusion and Equity in Special Collections, Archives, and Distinctive Collections in the University of California Libraries

(2021)

We acknowledge historical absences in library collections, including those of the University of California Libraries. We will develop practices that counteract a paradigm of racist, sexist, and white-centered collecting, description, instruction, and access. Metadata, digital exhibits, and archival descriptions in particular have disadvantaged communities of color, limited points of subject-based access, and contributed to a culture of exclusivity and inequity. We commit to immediate and enduring work to elevate the narratives, perspectives, and expertise of the marginalized: those who identify as Black, Indigenous, persons of color, immigrants, women, disabled people, and those from the LGBTQ+ communities. We recognize that this work is iterative and ongoing, inherently risky, and messy, but entirely necessary.

Cover page of Phase 3 Final Public Report Summary of Work: [University of California Libraries Systemwide Integrated Library System (SILS) Project ]

Phase 3 Final Public Report Summary of Work: [University of California Libraries Systemwide Integrated Library System (SILS) Project ]

(2020)

To conclude phase 3 reporting, the Systemwide Integrated Library System (SILS) Working Group shared this final report with the University of California (UC) Direction and Oversight Committee (DOC) and Council of University Librarians (CoUL) on July 27, 2020 for their review. This final report covers work completed during phase “3.5” from November 2019 to March 2020. Confidential information has been struck from this public version of the SILS Phase 3 final report.

Cover page of University of California Digital Preservation Strategy Working Group: Phase Two Report

University of California Digital Preservation Strategy Working Group: Phase Two Report

(2020)

Following the charge provided by the University of California’s Direction and Oversight Committee in 2019, the Digital Preservation Strategy Working Group (DPS WG) focused Phase Two activities on identifying the steps needed to build a community of practice around digital preservation in the UC Library system with the primary goal of preparing a path for collective action in the stewardship of the content types held in common by the ten campuses and CDL. To this end, the DPS WG developed a taxonomy of digital content types to serve as the basis for a systemwide digital asset inventory, designed a comprehensive survey instrument administered through interviews with 44 individuals across all campuses and CDL, and conducted a literature review regarding relevant economic models for sustaining a digital preservation program.

Cover page of UC Digital Preservation Strategy Working Group: Phase One Report

UC Digital Preservation Strategy Working Group: Phase One Report

(2020)

In the Fall of 2018, the Direction and Oversight Committee (DOC) formed the Digital Preservation Strategy (DPS) Working Group with the charge of (1) developing a practical, shared vision of digital preservation for library content, and (2) outlining a roadmap to guide the UC Libraries in advancing that shared vision. The DPS Working Group will fulfill this charge in multiple phases, and this report presents the results of Phase One, which lays the groundwork for further discussion and, ultimately, recommendations on the policies, strategies, and actions required for the digital preservation of the millions of digital assets held across the ten UC campuses and the California Digital Library. Specifically, the Phase One report focuses on three areas: (1) an overview of external digital preservation service providers (exemplar organizations), including consortia, vendors, and university-based providers; (2) background information on current and planned UC libraries’ digital preservation activities; and (3) a high-level overview of current best practices for digital preservation, based on the Open Archival Information System (OAIS) reference model.