Classense Digital Library

With Fausto Fiasconaro, librarian at the Classense Library of Ravenna.

This talk explores the opportunities and challenges facing a historical library - the Classense Library of Ravenna (Italy) – at the initial stages of a program for making its resources accessible and usable across the web.

The International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) has offered models  (e.g., LRM and FRBRoo) as the basis of integrating diverse resources in the digital era. The Classense Library’s large and hetergenous heritage collections are particularly suited to the web environment. But what are the strategies which could be implemented to achieve the goal of more effective resource integration? What are the foreseeable difficulties? By analyzing a digital library in the preliminary design phase, this talk aims open a dialogue with students regarding planning a digital humanities project around the cultural heritage collections of a historical library.
Fausto Fiasconaro is a librarian at the Classense Library of Ravenna (Italy) charged with the planning of the Classense Digital Library project. Since joining the library in 2009, he has been involved in the management of reference service and interlibrary loans. He is a member of the working group on cataloging modern books and serials, with particular attention to the enhancement of author libraries.

In the last 3 years, he has been part of the project group for the rearrangement of non-fiction sections and new sections dedicated to Dante. Fausto graduated with honours in Library and Information science at the University of Tuscia in 2005, with a degree thesis on fundraising in Italian public libraries. His research interests range from library management to personal libraries. His current interests are in the field of digital humanities, which he is studying at the University of Milan.