© 2015 by Athenaeum21

December 6, 2015

Clients: University of Oxford e-Research Centre, Bodleian Libraries

In 2015, A21 created a detailed report and recommendations that will define the resource discovery strategy for the University of Oxford’s 100+ libraries and 7 museums for the next 5 years.

A21 led the end-user research and needs assessment portion of the project, and then led the synthesis and analysis of the data across all of the research strands, making the recommendations.

Our work included:

  • A detailed analysis of how current tools and services were failing to meet the needs of students and researchers looking to user collections

  • The scoping of entirely new, non-textual approaches to discovery

  • Identifying and prioritising areas for investment around resource discovery


Further Information

Final Report

December 3, 2015

Client: Bodleian Libraries, University of Oxford

The Bodleian Libraries holds well over 20,000 manuscripts and serves hundreds of thousands of readers from around the world. Access to over half of the manuscript collections in the Bodleian is effectively hidden to scholars because they are not described online, or those descriptions are not well indexed. In 2016, the A21 team reviewed the existing cataloguing practices for manuscripts at the Bodleian Libraries. The aims of the project were to determine a suitable workflow and technical architecture that would both promote findability and allow use by cataloguers with a wide range of technical skills.

  • Conducted a worldwide market review of manuscript cataloguing practices

  • Led a detailed usability assessment of existing systems

  • Made recommendations for improved workflows and technical architecture

  • Designed a sustainability plan around training, communications and standards

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