CILIP Executive Briefing: Beyond the Silos of the LAMs

Presented by CILIP, the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals,
in association with OCLC Research

15 September 2009

Links to outputs from this meeting, including audio and slides, are included below.
Please note: due to technical difficulties, audio files for Jackie Bell and Fiona Williams are not available.

Time Event

Registration and Refreshments


Chair's Welcome

Günter Waibel and Ricky Erway, OCLC Research


Forum: Beyond the Silos of the LAMs

The OCLC Research report, Beyond the Silos of the LAMs: Collaboration Among Libraries, Archives and Museums (.pdf: 334K/59 pp.), was used as a starting point for an investigation into local collaboration.


Introduction to the Report

  • Slides (.pdf: 768K/20pp.)
  • Audio (.mp3: 6,058K/17min.)
Günter Waibel, Program Officer, OCLC Research


Case Study 1: Smithsonian Institution Archives
The Smithsonian brings together one library (with 20 branches), 19 museums and galleries and 18 archives (not to mention nine research centers and a zoo) through innovation and vision. Jointly, LAMs provide access to the Smithsonian's collective photograph collection through the Flickr Commons and the Smithsonian Photography Initiative.

  • Slides (.pdf: 1,180K/19pp.)
  • Audio (.mp3: 6,690K/18min.)

Anne Van Camp, Director, Smithsonian Institution Archives


Case Study 2: Victoria & Albert Museum
The Victoria & Albert has integrated the National Art Library, archives and the curatorial prints, drawings, paintings and photographs collections into a single Word and Image department. Leveraging strong collaborative relationships throughout the institution, the V&A has embarked on large-scale digitization and innovative online projects.

  • Slides (.pdf: 973K/37pp.)
  • Audio (.mp3: 7,316K/20min.)

Beth McKillop, Director of Collections & Keeper, Asian Department, V&A


Refreshment Break


Spotlight Presentation 1: LAMs converging @ The University of Calgary
Bringing together libraries, archives, museums and the university press for the benefit of scholars, the University of Calgary is building a 21st century research facility in the heart of its campus. The Taylor Family Digital Library will house a "collection of the future" integrating access to traditional print, museum, and archival materials with digital and three-dimensional objects, media formats and onsite broadcasting and telecommunications.

Jackie Bell, Programme Director, University of Calgary


Spotlight Presentation 2: LAMs converging  in York
The City of York has recently launched an ambitious new plan to bring the central library and the archives together. Public libraries bring a strongly service-oriented perspective to the discussion about library, archive and museum collaboration. York also operates a heritage learning network which brings libraries, archives and museums together in the learning agenda.

Fiona Williams, Head of Libraries & Heritage, City of York Council


Open Forum Session with Morning Speakers




Roundtable Discussion: Service Organizations Assisting LAM Collaboration
Highlighting key UK players involved in LAM convergence, the session will feature a moderated discussion with respondents. Rather than formal presentations, each representative will make a five-minute statement followed by in-depth discussions, prompted by questions from the respondents.

  • Audio (.mp3: 23,644K/1hr.)

Representatives: Roy Clare, Chief Executive, Museums, Libraries and Archives Council; Brian Kelly, UKOLN; Nick Poole, Chief Executive, Collections Trust

Respondents: Alan Knox, Head of Historic Collections Division, University of Aberdeen, Fiona Williams, Head of Libraries & Heritage, City of York Council

15.00 Refreshment Break

Forum: Collaboration at Scale
How can collaboration evolve from the local efforts discussed at the outset of the program to a national initiative? We'll introduce two projects trying to set the stage for libraries, archives and museums to collaborate at scale.


Case Study 1: Jane Finnis, Director, Culture24

  • Audio (.mp3: 5,379K/14min.)


Case Study 2: Stuart Dempster, Strategic Content Alliance, JISC

  • Slides (.pdf: 1,053K/22pp.)
  • Audio (.mp3: 11,036K/21min.)
16.10 Discussion Session with Forum Presenters

Chairs Summary and Executive Briefing Closes