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Collaborating Across Formats: the Cultivation of a New Department

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Katherine McNeill
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

What do social science numeric data, e-science, bioinformatics, GIS data, maps, music, images, and video have in common? What issues cross formats and disciplines? How do these areas lend themselves to being coordinated? In the MIT Libraries, these domains now are managed under the newly-formed department of Specialized Content and Services, a product of a recent reorganization. The presenter will discuss the process of bringing together these formats; work done to coordinate services, metadata, and content; and lessons learned about how to leverage commonalities among these areas while still attending to particular needs in each domain.

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