JISC Modelling the Library Domain workshop


Interesting workshop, learnt a great deal about what things HE librarians are thinking about – JISC didn’t seem too confident that the terminology – realms, corporation, channel and client is right.

  • Realms – the concept of the ‘Public Realm’ as an example of where the terminology has been used recently wasn’t really picked up – references to historical realms which don’t really help
  • Corporation – most difficulty with this concept – and it may not have helped that the scenarios all focused around cataloguing
  • Channels – fairly clear that channels connect to the client – some channels you own/manage/control – some you don’t – but do ‘we’ really care about ‘controlling’ the channel
  • Clients – described as individuals – but actually individuals, groups, organisations any end user of the services – could be the corporation as an ‘end-user’

Categories viewed as ‘bounded’? – presumably discrete? – but I wonder whether the distinctions are so clear cut?   Can you fulfill more than one of those roles at different times

Another thought is that the domain model is aiming to describe the world of the HE library sector.  If the objective is to engage the HE learning domain in allowing them to understand the contribution that HE libraries make to the Student experience; then, it follows that there has to be terminology, vocabulary and language that resonates with the decision makers in HEIs.   It strikes me then that perhaps we need to look at the library domain model through the perspective of stakeholders – and design views of the model that articulate the value of libraries to them.    In other words, how the library domain fits into the HE sector domain.

Final thought – fascinating to find that the HE library sector has exactly the same ‘why are we here?’, ‘what are we for?’,  ‘what are we going to do’, navel gazing tendencies that the public library sector goes in for.