Lorcan Dempsey

Selected publications

Publications are generally about some or all of the following:

  • resource discovery services
  • metadata - then and now
  • distributed information (and library) systems
  • changing position of libraries in the networked space of flows
  • networking and the curatorial traditions - libraries, archives and museums.

This is a select list with some emphasis on more recent material and on material which is available online. Some representative older articles are also noted, but not comprehensively.

Collection Directions: The Evolution of Library Collections and Collecting
with Constance Malpas, Brian Lavoie.
portal: Libraries and the Academy, Vol. 14, No. 3, July 2014: 393-423.
http://muse.jhu.edu/journals/portal_libraries_and_the_academy/summary/v014/14.3.dempsey.html
Preprint: http://www.press.jhu.edu/journals/portal_libraries_and_the_academy/portal_pre_print/articles/14.3dempsey.pdf (.pdf: 1.57MB/32pp.).

The Emergence of the Collective Collection: Analyzing Aggregate Print Library Holdings.
In: Understanding the Collective Collection: Towards a System-wide Perspective on Library Print Collections. Dempsey, Lorcan, Brian Lavoie, Constance Malpas, Lynn Silipigni Connaway, Roger C. Schonfeld, JD Shipengrover, and Günter Waibel.
Dublin, Ohio: OCLC Research, 2013.
http://www.oclc.org/content/dam/research/publications/library/2013/2013-09intro.pdf (.pdf:116KB/10pp.).

Understanding the Collective Collection: Towards a System-wide Perspective on Library Print Collections.
with Brian Lavoie, Constance Malpas, Lynn Silipigni Connaway, Roger C. Schonfeld, JD Shipengrover, and Günter Waibel.
Dublin, Ohio: OCLC Research, 2013.
http://www.oclc.org/research/publications/library/2013/2013-09.pdf (.pdf: 68.6MB/232pp.).

Thirteen Ways of Looking at Libraries, Discovery, and the Catalog: Scale, Workflow, Attention
EDUCAUSE Review Online, Monday, 10 December 2012.
http://www.educause.edu/ero/article/thirteen-ways-looking-libraries-discovery-and-catalog-scale-workflow-attention.
This article is a slightly amended version of a chapter of the same name which appears in Catalogue 2.0: The Future of the Library Catalogue, edited by Sally Chambers. London: Facet Publishing, 2013. http://www.facetpublishing.co.uk/title.php?id=7166.

Libraries and the Informational Future: Some Notes
http://www.oclc.org/resources/research/publications/library/2012/dempsey-informationalfutures.pdf (302 K/18 pp.)
This e-print is a slightly edited version of a chapter of the same name which appears in Information Professionals 2050: Educational Possibilities and Pathways, edited by Gary Marchionini and Barbara B. Moran. Chapel Hill, NC: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2012, pp. 113-26. http://sils.unc.edu/news/2012/ip2050-book-video.
A slightly edited version of this article also appears on pages 203-214 of Information Services and Use, 32(3-4). http://iospress.metapress.com/content/q74467n473057274/.

Resource discovery in a network environment
Presented at Fifth China—North America Library Conference, 8-12 September 2010, National Library of China, Beijing. http://www.oclc.org/content/dam/research/publications/library/2010/lorcan-china-us10.pdf (.pdf: 430K/15 pp.).

Beyond 1923: Characteristics of Potentially In-copyright Print Books in Library Collections
with Brian Lavoie.
D-Lib Magazine, Vol. 15, No. 11/12, November/December 2009.
http://www.dlib.org/dlib/november09/lavoie/11lavoie.html

Always On: Libraries in a World of Permanent Connectivity
First Monday, Vol. 14, No. 1, 5 January 2009.
http://www.firstmonday.org/htbin/cgiwrap/bin/ojs/index.php/fm/article/view/2291/2070

Reconfiguring the Library Systems Environment
portal: Libraries and the Academy, Vol. 8, No. 2, April 2008.
http://www.oclc.org/research/publications/archive/2008/dempsey-portal.pdf (.pdf: 195K/18 pp.)

The History of Libraries in Modern 'Britain and Ireland'
Ariadne, Issue 53, October 2007.
http://www.ariadne.ac.uk/issue53/maccoll-dempsey-rvw/
Review of Alistair Black and Peter Hoare (eds). 2006. The Cambridge History of Libraries in Britain and Ireland. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press. Volume III, 1850–2000. ISBN-13: 978-0-521-78097-1.

The Library Catalogue in the New Discovery Environment: Some Thoughts
Ariadne, Issue 48, July 2006.
http://www.ariadne.ac.uk/issue48/dempsey/

A Service Framework for Libraries
D-Lib Magazine, Vol. 12, No. 7/8, July/August 2006.
http://www.dlib.org/dlib/july06/lavoie/07lavoie.html

Libraries and the Long Tail: Some Thoughts about Libraries in a Network Age
D-Lib Magazine, Vol. 12, No. 4, April 2006.
http://www.dlib.org/dlib/april06/dempsey/04dempsey.html

The (Digital) Library Environment: Ten Years After
Ariadne, Issue 46, February 2006.
http://www.ariadne.ac.uk/issue46/dempsey/

Making Data Work Harder
with Brian Lavoie and Lynn Silipigni Connaway.
LibraryJournal.com, January 15, 2006.
http://www.libraryjournal.com/article/CA6298444.html

Anatomy of aggregate collections: the example of Google Print for Libraries
with Brian Lavoie and Lynn Silipigni Connaway.
D-Lib Magazine, Vol. 11, No. 9, September 2005.
http://www.dlib.org/dlib/september05/lavoie/09lavoie.html
Reprinted in Zeitschrift fur Bibliothekswesen und Bibliographie, Vol. 52, No. 6, 2005. pp 299–310.

Intermediate Consumers
Library Journal / netConnect (15 July 2005).
http://www.libraryjournal.com/article/CA609689.html
Also published in The Whole Digital Library Handbook, ed. Diane Kresh, 98–99, Chicago: American Library Association, 2007. Available online (in part) at: http://books.google.com/books?id=fTGFBdalTV0C.

DLF Service Framework for Digital Libraries: A progress report for the DLF Steering Committee, 17 May 2005
with Brian Lavoie, on behalf of the DLF Service Framework Working Group.
http://www.diglib.org/architectures/serviceframe/dlfserviceframe1.htm
(HTML)
http://www.diglib.org/architectures/serviceframe/dlfserviceframe1.pdf (.pdf: 120K/14pp.).

Metadata Switch: thinking about some metadata management and knowledge organization issues in the changing research and learning landscape
with Eric R. Childress, Carol Jean Godby, Thomas B. Hickey, Andrew Houghton, Diane Vizine-Goetz, and Jeff Young
EScholarship: A LITA Guide, ed. Debra Shapiro (2005). February 2005 preprint available.
http://www.oclc.org/research/publications/library/2004/dempsey-mslitaguide.pdf (.pdf: 824K/25pp.)

The three stages of library search
Library + Information Update, November 2004.
http://www.cilip.org.uk/publications/updatemagazine/archive/archive2004/november/lorcan.htm.

Pick up a portal
Library + Information Update, October 2004.
http://www.cilip.org.uk/publications/updatemagazine/archive/archive2004/october/lorcan.htm

Thirteen ways of looking at ... digital preservation
with Brian F. Lavoie
D-Lib Magazine, Vol. 10, No. 7/8, July/August 2004.
http://www.dlib.org/dlib/july04/lavoie/07lavoie.html
Also published in The Whole Digital Library Handbook, ed. Diane Kresh, 345–358, Chicago: American Library Association, 2007. Available online (in part) at: http://books.google.com/books?id=fTGFBdalTV0C.

The recombinant library: portals and people
Co-published simultaneously in Journal of Library Administration, Vol. 39, No. 4, 2003, pp. 103–136; and in Improved Access to Information: Portals, Content Selection, and Digital Information, edited by Sul H. Lee, pp. 103–136. Binghamton, NY: Haworth (2003).
Pre-print available at http://www.oclc.org/research/staff/dempsey/recombinant_library/

The Distributed National Electronic Resource ( DNER) and the hybrid library
with Stephen Pinfield
Ariadne, Issue 26, January 2001.
http://www.ariadne.ac.uk/issue26/dner/

RSLP collection description
with Andy Powell and Michael Heaney
D-Lib Magazine, Vol. 6, No. 9, September 2000.
http://www.dlib.org/dlib/september00/powell/09powell.html

A policy context - eLib and the emergence of the subject gateways
with Derek Law
Ariadne, Issue 25, September 2000.
http://www.ariadne.ac.uk/issue25/subject-gateways/intro.html

The subject gateway: experiences and issues based on the emergence of the Resource Discovery Network
Online Information Review, Vol. 24, No. 1, April 2000, pp. 8–23.
Preprint available online at: www.intute.ac.uk/publications/ior-2000-02-dempsey/.

Scientific, industrial and cultural heritage: a shared approach: a research framework for digital libraries, museums and archives
with contributions from a working group
Ariadne, Issue 22, January 2000.
Note: a slightly amended version of a report of the same name prepared for the European Commission's Information Society Directorate-General in the context of Fifth Framework objectives.
http://www.ariadne.ac.uk/issue22/dempsey/

International information gateway collaboration: report of the first IMesh Framework Workshop
with Tracy Gardner, Michael Day and Titia van der Werf
D-Lib Magazine, Vol. 5, No. 12, December 1999.
http://www.dlib.org/dlib/december99/12dempsey.html

Library places and digital information spaces: reflections on emerging network services
Alexandria, Vol. 11, No. 1, 1999. pp. 51–58.
Note: This is a very slightly amended version of: "Places and spaces" in Towards the digital library: the British Library's Initiatives for Access programme, Leona Carpenter, Simon Shaw and Andrew Prescott, eds. London: British Library, 1998, pp. 234–241.
http://homes.ukoln.ac.uk/~lisld/publications/alex.html

Virtual library - false dawn? An exchange between Frank Webster and Lorcan Dempsey
with Frank Webster
Ariadne, Issue 20, June 1999.
Note: A condensed version of this exchange appears in Library Association Record, Vol. 101, No. 5, May 1999, pp. 284–5.
http://www.ariadne.ac.uk/issue20/public-libraries/intro.html

The network and the library: working in a new shared space: infrastructure and institutions
The Electronic Library, Vol 17, No. 4, August 1999, pp. 207–11.
Note: a guest editorial article for a special issue on library networking.
http://homes.ukoln.ac.uk/~lisld/publications/electlib.html

Full disclosure: releasing the value of library and archive collections
with Anne Chapman and Nicholas Kingsley
Bath: UKOLN, 1999 (report).
Note: Introductory page at: http://www.ukoln.ac.uk/services/lic/fulldisclosure/intro.html
PDF version: http://www.ukoln.ac.uk/services/lic/fulldisclosure/report.pdf (.pdf: 367K/82pp.)

The library, the catalogue, the broker: brokering access to information in the hybrid library
In: Information landscapes for a learning society: networking and the future of libraries 3. Sally Criddle, Lorcan Dempsey, and Richard Heseltine, eds. London: Library Association Publishing, June 1999, pp. 3–24.
http://www.ukoln.ac.uk/dlis/models/publications/landscape/

A Utopian place of criticism?: brokering access to network information
with Rosemary Russell and Robin Murray
Journal of Documentation, Vol. 55, No. 1, January 1999, pp. 33–70.
http://www.ukoln.ac.uk/dlis/models/publications/utopia/

eLib standards guidelines, Version 2
with other contributors
October 1998.
http://www.ukoln.ac.uk/services/elib/papers/other/standards/version2/

Managing access to a distributed library resource
with Rosemary Russell, Robin Murray, and Richard Heseltine
Program: electronic library and information systems, Vol. 33, No. 3, July 1998, pp.265–281.
http://www.aslib.co.uk/program/1998/jul/04.html (abstract).

Metadata: a current view of practice and issues
with Rachel Heery
Journal of Documentation, Vol. 54, No. 2, March 1998, pp. 145–172.
http://www.ukoln.ac.uk/metadata/publications/jdmetadata/

In at the shallow end: metadata and cross-domain resource discovery
with Rosemary Russell and Rachel Heery
In Discovering online resources across the humanities: a practical implementation of the Dublin Core, Paul Miller and Daniel Greenstein, eds. Bath: UKOLN on behalf of the Arts and Humanities Data Service, 1997, pp. 63–71. ISBN 0-9516856-4-3.
http://ahds.ac.uk/public/metadata/disc_07.html

Crossing the great divide: integrating access to the scholarly record
with Daniel Greenstein
In Discovering online resources across the humanities: a practical implementation of the Dublin Core, Paul Miller and Daniel Greenstein, eds. Bath: UKOLN on behalf of the Arts and Humanities Data Service, 1997, pp. 7–10. ISBN 0-9516856-4-3.
http://ahds.ac.uk/public/metadata/disc_02.html

"Clumps" - or organised access to printed scholarly material
with Rosemary Russell
Program: electronic library and information systems, Vol. 31, No. 3, July 1997. pp. 239–249.
http://www.aslib.co.uk/program/1997/jul/03.html (abstract)
Note: This is an augmented version of the report of the MODELS workshop which developed the idea of 'clumps'.
http://www.ukoln.ac.uk/dlis/models/models3/program.html

The emergence of distributed library services: a European perspective
with Rosemary Russell and Robin Murray - July 1997.
Journal of the American Society of Information Science, Vol. 49, No. 10, 1998, pp. 942–951.

Soul and song: New library: the people's network.
Ariadne, Issue 12, November 1997.
Note: Reprinted in Delivering the electronic library: an Ariadne reader. [Dundee]: The Ariadne Project, 1999. John MacColl, Lyndon Pugh, Lorcan Dempsey (eds), pp. 2–4.
http://www.ariadne.ac.uk/issue12/public-libraries/

Specification for resource description methods. 1997.
Deliverable 3.2 (1) for Work Package 3 of Telematics for Research project DESIRE
Part 1: A review of metadata: a survey of current resource description formats
with Rachel Heery - March 1997.
http://www.ukoln.ac.uk/metadata/DESIRE/overview/

ROADS to Desire: some UK and other European metadata and resource discovery projects
D-Lib Magazine, July/August 1996.
http://hosted.ukoln.ac.uk/mirrored/lis-journals/dlib/dlib/dlib/july96/07dempsey.html

The Warwick Metadata Workshop: a framework for the deployment of resource description
with Stuart L. Weibel
D-Lib Magazine, July/August 1996.
http://hosted.ukoln.ac.uk/mirrored/lis-journals/dlib/dlib/dlib/july96/07weibel.html

Meta Detectors
Ariadne, Issue 3, May 1996.
http://www.ukoln.ac.uk/ariadne/issue3/metadata/

Towards distributed library systems: Z39.50 in a European context.
with Rosemary Russell and John Kirriemuir
Program: electronic library and information systems, Issue 30, No. 1, January 1996, pp. 1–22.
http://www.aslib.co.uk/program/1996/jan/02.html

Readbites: the scandal of serials holdings data.
Catalogue and index, Number 118, Winter 1995. pp. 9.

Library and Information Commission public library Internet survey.
with Sarah Ormes - 1995.
http://www.ukoln.ac.uk/services/papers/ukoln/ormes-1995-01/

The public library and the information superhighway
Vine, No. 38, 1995.
http://www.ukoln.ac.uk/services/papers/ukoln/dempsey-1995-01/

Network resource discovery: a European library perspective
In: N. Smith, ed. Libraries, networks and Europe: a European networking study. London: British Library Research and Development Department, 1994. (LIR Series 101).
Note: interesting as a review of developments and potential at a particular moment in time, now superseded.
Also available (thanks to Traugott Koch) at: http://www.lub.lu.se/UB2proj/LIS_collection/lorcan.html

Networks, standards and end-user information services
Vine, December 1993.
http://www.ukoln.ac.uk/~lisld/publications/nseu.htm

Publishers and libraries: an all-through system for bibliographic data?
International Cataloguing and Bibliographic Control. Vol. 20, No. 3, July/September 1991, pp.37–41.
RTF version at http://www.ukoln.ac.uk/services/papers/ukoln/dempsey-1991-01/ubcim.rtf

Users' requirements of bibliographic records: publishers, booksellers, librarians
Aslib Proceedings, Vol. 42, No. 2, 1990. pp. 61–69.


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