Want to make your website look better for smartphone users? In the coming years, most visitors to your site are going to be on phones and tablets, so it might be good to check out Google's new 'Go Mo' service that gives you a snazzy mobile design.
Mini-libraries have curb appealThe Seattle TimesSome of the little libraries are as charming as can be. In the Mount Baker neighborhood, Margaret Opalka's library is topped by an old sled and a bright yellow croquet ball.
Libraries are actively reinventing themselves for the digital age. Confronted with corrosive budgets, skyrocketing costs, and challenged by a fear of obsolesce resulting from the accelerating rate of technological change; libraries are struggling for their survival. For the academic library — the “heart” of the modern research university — survival requires demonstrating their value in new ways, embedding themselves deeper into the university’s core functions of teaching, learning, and research.
The combined 30 scenarios presented by ARL and ACRL in their separate reports describe the potentially hostile, but promising world for academic libraries in the next 20 years. The three most common themes throughout all of the scenarios: the impact of technology, the changing informational and infrastructural needs of their users, and the challenges to creating novel funding sources to combat acute budget shortfalls present real opportunities for leadership on the part of library administrators.
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In order to pave the way for a fresh start in 2012 and to spearhead some creative thinking, idea generation and planning for the coming year, here are some of the most important academic library and user trends research reports...
The Association of College & Research Libraries continuously scan for trends in academic librarianship and higher education. To do this they attend conferences, review the literature and contact experts in the field. Recently, they held a discussion forum to discuss these trends and come up with the most important trends affecting academic libraries today: http://www.libfocus.com/2012/09/2012-top-ten-trends-in-academic.html
The Internet has changed the modern Education tremendously and with the growing and increasing users daily, its becoming difficult to look out for nice colleges and study and therefore many choose to study online. While we have also shown how in reality the Education cost has grown up in recent time making it almost impossible for everyone to grasp better education.
Norman-based Pioneer Library System will accept food for finesNewsOK.comThe program begins Tuesday and will continue through Nov. 21 at the system's 10 branch libraries in Cleveland, McClain, and Pottawatomie counties.
"Some campus libraries might be under pressure to cut costs, but as of 2010 academic libraries were spending more money than they were before the financial downturn that started in 2008, according to new data released Tuesday by the Education Department."
D-Lib Magazine (RT @aarontay: 2011 data on FB pages in academic libraries http://t.co/M7Nk8B1k author is quite down on it.)...
At a detailed level, this paper explores the possibilities and challenges that Facebook presents to academic libraries that choose to set up a page — especially when they use the wall — not only as an announcement service but also as a forum where students can communicate with the library and exchange ideas with its personnel and among themselves. This paper focuses on documenting user feedbacks posted on the library wall and on a quantitative and qualitative analysis of their content.
Additionally, this study provides several metrics regarding user comments on the wall such as the number of comments per library, if the comments are related to the library or not, the percentage of library posts that had no comments or "likes", the ratio of comments vs. "likes", and the feedback and comments per post and per library. It aims to help the reader understand how library users interact with a library in this particular online environment, and what the problems and the potential benefits are for academic libraries that choose to use Facebook."
OCLC conducted a member survey to understand librarians’ top priorities, current key initiatives, thoughts on service and top methods for keeping current on happenings in the library field.
These reports detail findings from a study OCLC conducted with libraries in mid-2011 to learn about their priorities, initiatives, thoughts on the future of their service points and the sources they use to keep up with developments in the library field.
See other reports in the Priorities & Perspectives series for libraries in Germany | Netherlands | UK here:
Bringing Users into the Picture: Lessons from Projects in Participatory Design in Academic Libraries
What do students and faculty most want from the library, and how would they redesign library space, if they could? Those questions guided 12 teams of library and IT professionals in research projects that they presented at a seminar on participatory design in academic libraries last May. The projects are reported in a new volume, Participatory Design in Academic Libraries: Methods, Findings, and Implementations.
Among the top ten trends in academic libraries in 2012, “communicating value” was at the top of the list, as a direct result of the intense pressure academic and research libraries are under to clearly align their priorities with the overarching institution’s goals and also to provide data-driven documentation of the library’s impact.
The ACRL's recently released white paper presents five recommendations for librarians to help them demonstrate this value, which is one of the association’s strategic priorities and a necessity in the culture of assessment that has now taken root in postsecondary education.