Aquiles Alencar Brayner, British Library, Biblioteca Nacional do Brasil, Brasil

25.05.2017, 09.30-11.00, Biblioteca Nacional de Portugal

Digital Curatorship: New Models of Diffusion, Access and Reuse of Electronic Collections

Digital technology has changed, in a way never experienced before, how we produce and use information. The ever increasing number of digitised content made available by cultural heritage institutions in various formats and platforms, which are not always interoperable has, however, raised great challenges to libraries and archives in our mission to preserve, manage and offer access to electronic data. Based on examples from different digital projects implemented by the British Library and preliminary findings and activities on our research on Digital Curatorship at the National Library of Brazil, the paper will discuss the role of libraries and archives in the 21st century aimed at the creation, dissemination, access and interpretation of digital content by different groups of users.

Aquiles Alencar-Brayner holds graduate degrees in Psychology from the Federal University of Ceará (Brazil) and Latin American studies from the Rijks Universiteit Leiden (Netherlands). He has an MA degree in Latin American literature by Rijks Universiteit, an MSc degree in Library and Information Sciences from the City University of London, and a PhD degree in Brazilian literature at King’s College (University of London). He works since 2006 at the British Library in 2006 as Digital Curator, supporting the Library to establish its role as a provider of information and electronic content amongst academics and other users, including participation in digitisation projects, creation and control of metadata, training librarians and researchers in the use of digital content, and the design and development of interoperable platforms for dissemination and aggregation of data between libraries in the UK and abroad.

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