Monday, March 07, 2011

RLG Cultural Materials: where museums, libraries & archives intersect (or not?)

RLG Cultural Materials was an initiative of RLG (before they became part of OCLC) and before the going terminology was "Libraries, Archives, Museums" (giving us the much catchier acronym "LAM" - as opposed to MLA). And once you have a LAM, you can then have "Beyond Silos of the LAMS" (thanks GuWa for that), and LOD-LAM, LAM CHIPs (Library/Archive/Museum Cultural Heritage Information Professionals),and other nifty things.

RLG Cultural Materials

But I digress because I really wanted to talk about the RLG Cultural Materials puzzle, one of the best pieces of conference schwag I ever got! Just loved this puzzle, as did my daughter, then about 3 when I got it. We used it for years. Now, the cup is part of our Yahzee! kit. I did the puzzle again last night for the first time in a while. Still a quite nice graphic.

RLG Cultural Materials

But the part of the puzzle that I still don't quite get is how libraries, archives, and museums can really come together in big initiatives, like, say, the Digital Public Library of America, with an equal representation of all three components. A conundrum I'm having a hard time getting my head around still!

RLG Cultural Materials

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