The Information P...
Follow
Find tag "university-libraries"
15.7K views | +2 today
The Information Professional
Librarians and Archivists in a fast-changing digital lanscape
Curated by Karen du Toit
Your new post is loading...
Your new post is loading...
Scooped by Karen du Toit
Scoop.it!

University Of Michigan Opens Napping Stations In Campus Library - Huffington Post

University Of Michigan Opens Napping Stations In Campus Library - Huffington Post | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
"University Herald University Of Michigan Opens Napping Stations In Campus Library Huffington Post On the surface, college libraries are designated as a place to study, check out books and use the computer. The Central Student Government has implemented its first napping station. The idea is geared toward those who are studying hard for tests but live too far from the library to run home for a quick nap. It was pitched to CSG by engineering junior Adrian Bazbaz, who was interviewed for an article in the Michigan Daily."
Karen du Toit's insight:
Genius!
more...
Joyce Valenza's curator insight, May 26, 6:50 AM

Really meeting user needs.

Rescooped by Karen du Toit from Daring Ed Tech
Scoop.it!

Tackling the questions in 2014 — @joycevalenza #libraries #librarians

Tackling the questions in 2014 — @joycevalenza #libraries #librarians | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

BY JOYCE VALENZA

"[...] beginning the year with questions, rather than resolutions.

Jennifer recently asked 11 Questions (About Libraries) That Need Answers.  And Doug Johnson added a few of his own in a Blue Skunk Blog post. (See below.)

 

Jennifer’s Questions:

How will you make a difference for students?How will you make your work the answer to the priorities/problems that keep your principal up at night?How will you use student data to make instructional and programatic decisions?How will you measure success?How will you connect the dots between your work and student learning?How will you share this data with your administrators and community?How will you ensure your diverse population sees themselves in your space (as well as in your collection)?How will you dispel negative/outdated library stereotypes?How will you grow your PLN?How will you help strengthen our profession by sharing your work beyond the walls of your school.How will you make sure everyone who walks into the library sees a focus on students (instead of stuff).Doug’s Follow Up Questions:What new skills will you learn this year that you can teach your students and staff?What rules can you change to make your library a more user-friendly place?What is your library’s “purple cow?” (Boring is always the riskiest strategy – Godin)How can you demonstrate leadership in your building? What are you willing to take responsibility for?What can you do to get the non-connected members of our profession* who you know connected, changing, and good representatives of the library field?Have you asked yourself about your personal commitment to the field? Are you still a librarian in order to make the world a better place?



Via gwynethjones
Karen du Toit's insight:

Great way to start the new year!

more...
gwynethjones's curator insight, January 12, 8:07 AM

As always, Joyce tracks down & shares the vital questions and provoking conversations of our profession.

 

Jennifer LaGarde and Doug Johnson fearlessly ask the vital questions.

Scooped by Karen du Toit
Scoop.it!

The Evolving Role of University Libraries - Martha Bedard / UConn Advance (blog)

The Evolving Role of University Libraries - Martha Bedard / UConn Advance (blog) | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

By: Suzanne Zack:

Martha Bedard: "It is a really exciting time for libraries. In all the years I’ve worked in libraries it has never, ever been boring. I remember the first time I barcoded a book, well before everything we bought had a barcode, and I added records to the first online catalog which replaced the print card catalog. Librarians were active on the Internet pre-graphical interface, pre-web."

Karen du Toit's insight:

The exciting future of academic libraries > abot the content and the spaces!

more...
toraki's curator insight, January 9, 6:30 AM

Ο ρόλος των ακαδημαϊκών βιβλιοθηκών σήμερα - και ένας ήσυχος χώρος για τους φοιτητές...

Scooped by Karen du Toit
Scoop.it!

University libraries: 10 global portraits

University libraries: 10 global portraits | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
University library chiefs worldwide reveal the challenges they face, plans for the future, and their role in higher education (Uni librarians talk about their libraries > University libraries: 10 global portraits

 

America: New York University library

Well-designed space is one of the most important services an academic library can offer, says dean of library Carol Mandel

 

UK: University of Manchester library

The library is not being used less, it's just user needs that are changing, says university librarian Janet Wilkinson – so don't forget the wifi

 

Japan: Hachioji library, Tama Art University

A university library designed by a world-leading architect inspires and challenges in equal measure, says library head Hidemi Kondo

 

Nigeria: American University of Nigeria library

Open access and libraries centred around online learning and research are key in developing countries, says library director Amed Demirhan

 

UK: Bodleian library, University of Oxford

We need to shape the skills of library staff to meet user needs while maintaining specialist knowledge, says interim Bodley's librarian Richard Ovenden

 

Australia: Queensland University of Technology library

With 97% of its research downloads from outside Australia, the library's open access expertise is invaluable, says library director Judy Stokker

 

Singapore: Nanyang Technological University library

Finding information is not the problem, says university librarian Choy Fatt Cheong – libraries are now taking the lead on how to communicate it

 

Karen du Toit's insight:

The state of university libraries! Interesting reviews!

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Karen du Toit
Scoop.it!

Examining The Future Role Of Libraries at #LIBER2013 | LIBER

by Friedel Grant “A university is just a group of buildings gathered around a library.”

– Shelby Foote

 

With this quotation, Dr. Professor Peter Strohschneider, Chairman of the German Council of Science and Humanities, began his keynote speech at LIBER’s 42nd annual conference in Munich, Germany.

 

“The library is a place in which learning and research happens, and in which knowledge orders are created,” continued Strohschneider. “As Foote suggests, the library lies at the very heart of the academic experience. A university without a library is more or less unthinkable. This being the case, Foote’s perspective raises some important questions when we consider the future of academic libraries.”

 

Strohschneider went on to explain how some of the most notable research discoveries can be attributed to serendipity. These accidental revelations can, however, be thwarted by the current enthusiasm for modern search engines which only lead researchers to targeted results.

 

From this opening talk, the future of libraries was repeatedly explored over the three days of the conference – particularly in relation to the vast quantities of data currently being created and the library’s role in helping researchers to manage and sift through that data.

 

With two new scholarly articles being published every minute, Dr. Jan Velterop asserted that structures such as nano-publications would become an essential tool for researchers to identify relevant material. This would, in turn, require libraries and publishers to adjust to a new world where the scientific journal was valued more as a source of raw material, in which researchers could look for knowledge patterns, than something to read.

 

4 Slideshares from the Conf:

1. 

The future of the science publishing ego-system http://www.slideshare.net/libereurope/liber-munich-26june2013-2

2. 

Roadmaps, Roles and Re-engineering: Developing Data Informatics Capability in Libraries

http://www.slideshare.net/libereurope/roadmaps-roles-and-reengineering-developing-data-informatics-capability-in-libraries

 

3. 

A Revolution in Open Science: Open Data and the Role of Libraries (Professor Geoffrey Boulton at LIBER 2013

http://www.slideshare.net/libereurope/boulton-gsb-presentationlibermunich

 

4. 

Enabling Data-Intensive Science Through Data Infrastructures

http://www.slideshare.net/libereurope/morais-liber42-datainfrastructures-1

Karen du Toit's insight:

Future role of libraries! 

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Karen du Toit
Scoop.it!

Ten recommendations for libraries to get started with research data management by LIBER

Ten recommendations for libraries to get started with research data management by LIBER | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
The LIBER E-Science working group has published its final report on research data management. LIBER installed the ‘E-Science working group’ in 2010 to investigate the role libraries can and should play in the field of E-Science. The group decided to focus on research data as it was felt to be the most urgent element of e-science that is of relevance to the community of (research) libraries. The group has held three workshops, the first dur-ing the LIBER-conference 2011 in Barcelona, the second during the IDCC 2011 conference in Bristol and the third and last one during the LIBER-conference 2012 in Tartu. The results of the first two workshops were used as a basis for compiling recommendations to the LIBER-community. The “10 recommendations for libraries to support re-search data management” were finalized and prioritized during the final workshop at the LIBER-conference in Tartu.

Full Report: http://bit.ly/NKMXiO

Karen du Toit's insight:

"The role libraries can and should play in E-Science"

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Karen du Toit
Scoop.it!

As the world goes digital, libraries adjust their strategies, by @marytablante | USA TODAY College

As the world goes digital, libraries adjust their strategies, by @marytablante | USA TODAY College | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Beyond using the library as a place to study, here are some other ways students can make use of library services provided by their universities:

• Check out laptops, iPads or calculators

• Go beyond Wikipedia and Google

Term papers and theses rely on more than a simple Google search. Professors encourage students to use scholarly and peer-reviewed articles.

University libraries have more than 600 databases...

• Ask a librarian 24/7

Karen du Toit's insight:

Libraries are changing > spaces and services!

more...
No comment yet.
Rescooped by Karen du Toit from Daring Ed Tech
Scoop.it!

The 7 Critical Services All Libraries Should Offer - Edudemic

The 7 Critical Services All Libraries Should Offer - Edudemic | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
Libraries are changing. They're becoming an online resource for students of all ages and a meeting place for the entire community of a school.

Via gwynethjones
Karen du Toit's insight:

7 ways libraries can impact student learning > critical for all libraries!

more...
Clare Treloar's curator insight, March 4, 2013 4:59 PM

lovely infographic and food for thought.

Scooped by Karen du Toit
Scoop.it!

Aaron Swartz and Too-Comfortable Research Libraries, by Bohyun Kim at Library Hat

Aaron Swartz and Too-Comfortable Research Libraries, by Bohyun Kim at Library Hat | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

If you are a librarian and do not know who Aaron Swartz is, that should probably change now. He helped developing the RSS standard, was the co-founder of Reddit, worked on the Open Library project, downloaded and freed 20% (2.7 million documents) of the Public Access to Court Electronic Records (PACER) database that charges fees for the United States federal court documents, out of which about 1,600 had privacy issues, played a lead role in preventing the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), and wrote the Guerrilla Open Access Manifesto.


(Photo from Wikipedia)

Karen du Toit's insight:

Extensive argument for libraries and librarians to advocate and continue the activism that was started by Aaron Swartz in his open access campaign!

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Karen du Toit
Scoop.it!

Are we meeting the needs of student users in academic libraries? | American Libraries Magazine

Are we meeting the needs of student users in academic libraries? | American Libraries Magazine | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
- “Meeting the Needs of Student Users in Academic Libraries: Reaching Across the Great Divide,” published by Chandos Publishing and available through ALA Neal-Schuman, takes an honest look at learning commons in academic libraries and discusses what is working and what is not.

To evaluate their findings, authors Michele Crump and LeiLani Freund examine the measurement tools that libraries have used to evaluate usage and satisfaction, including contemporary anthropological studies that provide a more detailed view of students’ approach to research. They take a candid look at these redesigns and ask if improvements have lived up to expectations of increased service and user satisfaction. Including many actual survey questions and answers, this book will help academic librarians and administrators provide better services to student users.

 

Book available here: http://www.neal-schuman.com/mtnos

Karen du Toit's insight:

Good to read to enhance services, especially in academic libraries

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Karen du Toit
Scoop.it!

Enabling the Research ‘Flow’ and Serendipity in Today’s Digital Library Environment – Library Hat

Enabling the Research ‘Flow’ and Serendipity in Today’s Digital Library Environment – Library Hat | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
Enabling the #Research ‘Flow’ and Serendipity in Today’s Digital #Library Environment http://t.co/ZZ2SC9hV #Librarians #DigitalLibrary...

 

by Bohyun (Library Hat).:

"The fact that today’s libraries no longer control the physical surroundings of a library patron who is making use of their resources doesn’t mean that there are nothing libraries can do to make the research environment facilitate serendipitous discoveries and the state of ‘flow’ in a researcher’s mind, however. Today’s libraries offer many different systems for library users to access their online resources. As I have mentioned above, the interfaces of these systems can use some vast improvement in usability. When there are as few hindrances as possible for a library patron to get to what s/he is looking for either online or at the physical library space, s/he would be able to concentrate on absorbing the content more easily instead of being bogged down with procedures. The seamless interoperability between different systems would be very much desirable for researchers. So, improving the usability of library systems will take library patrons one step closer to obtaining the flow state in their research while using library resources online."

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Karen du Toit
Scoop.it!

» University Librarians on Ebooks, Special Collections, and the Future of Academic Libraries

» University Librarians on Ebooks, Special Collections, and the Future of Academic Libraries | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"Public Services Librarian Emily Couvillon took the time to share her opinions and observations of technology's role in engaging students, teachers, and administrators alike. And, of course, some books she thinks students should pick up and check out."

———
"Chris Galloway is a friend of mine who works as a library manager at University of Houston who also kindly shared his expert opinions on the topics at hand. He even queried some of his coworkers for a more in-depth look at what other Coogs think of M.D. Anderson's present and future! Perhaps I'm biased when I say this, but Chris also boasts pretty great taste in literature, so it's probably a good idea to listen to his recommendations."

 

Questions that were answered:

1. "How popular are ebooks at Doherty? Do you provide readers for students?

2. What are some of your recommended reads for students? Any for freshmen and non-traditionals in particular?

3. Where do you see things at Doherty headed within the next few years?

4. What upcoming releases are you and the other librarians excited about? Will they be recommended to the acquisitions department?

5. What are some of your favorite holdings in the University's special collections?"

 

 

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Karen du Toit
Scoop.it!

University Presses & Libraries Turn to Pinterest to Promote Books, by Kate Rix

University Presses & Libraries Turn to Pinterest to Promote Books, by Kate Rix | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"...university presses are making widespread use of Pinterest to promote new book titles. Likewise, academic libraries are using their Pinterest pages to promote events and help fund major capital improvements. For libraries and archives, a major ongoing mission is to keep the collections visible. It’s not easy to let the world know about your one-of-a-kind holdings, and Pinterest potentially offers a great way to bring these materials to new and  younger audiences."

more...
No comment yet.
Rescooped by Karen du Toit from Blended Librarianship
Scoop.it!

The OER Discovery Role for Libraries - vote at Micropoll

The OER Discovery Role for Libraries - vote at Micropoll | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Click here to vote.


Via John Shank
Karen du Toit's insight:

Vote on the role of libraries in the discovery of quality open educational resources! 

more...
John Shank's curator insight, February 21, 9:31 AM

1 Second Survey on the role of libraries in the discovery of OERs.

Scooped by Karen du Toit
Scoop.it!

University of Oregon Science Libraries Back Up Fossils with 3D Printer - Library Journal

University of Oregon Science Libraries Back Up Fossils with 3D Printer - Library Journal | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
By Ian Chant:

"At the University of Oregon (UO), staff at the Science Library have only had  an in-house 3D printer for a few months, but have wasted no time putting the new equipment to use. At the beginning of January, the library printed a 3D model of a rare fossil in the UO paleontology department’s collection—the remains of a 5-million-year old saber toothed salmon."

Karen du Toit's insight:

Great use of a 3D printer in the library

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Karen du Toit
Scoop.it!

University libraries of the 21st century – in pictures

University libraries of the 21st century – in pictures | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

We invited you to help us document the university library of the 21st century. From the uber-traditional to the downright quirky, here's a selection of your pictures featuring some of the most interesting designs

Karen du Toit's insight:

Photos of university libraries of the future - selected from photos submitted by readers of the The Guardian

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Karen du Toit
Scoop.it!

New Five Good Ideas I’ve seen for Public Libraries (Others too!) – Stephen's Lighthouse

New Five Good Ideas I’ve seen for Public Libraries (Others too!) – Stephen's Lighthouse | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

...good ideas lately so I thought I’d share them here:


Idea #1: Timelapse Video

Idea #2: Security Guard Training

Idea #3: Displays

Idea #4: Shelving Children’s Books

Idea #5: Customer Service Models

Karen du Toit's insight:

Good ideas for libraries!

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Karen du Toit
Scoop.it!

New Metrics Providers Help Keep Libraries in the Research-Tracking Game - Chronicle of Higher Education (subscription)

New Metrics Providers Help Keep Libraries in the Research-Tracking Game - Chronicle of Higher Education (subscription) | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

By Jennifer Howard:

"A critical part of the library's job is helping the research faculty "understand and be able to measure the impact of their works," he says. "And since much of their work takes place online now, and not just in the cited periodical literature, there are lots of new ways to measure their impact."

The first step, and sometimes a big one, is to make scholars aware that there is a world of metrics beyond citations and impact factors. Even scholars who are active online aren't always aware "that the impact of their work in those new forums can be measured," Mr. Del­iyannides says."

Karen du Toit's insight:

Libraries playing a role in research tracking!

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Karen du Toit
Scoop.it!

Library Analytics – Community Survey Results | Library Analytics and Metrics project

Library Analytics – Community Survey Results | Library Analytics and Metrics project | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
RT @benshowers: How important will analytics be to libraries, now and in the future? Community Survey Results: http://t.co/nEHFpnUIUM #jiscLAMP\

 

Library Analytics – Community Survey Results (Nov 2012) from joypalmer 

Survey on SlideShare here: http://www.slideshare.net/joypalmer/survey-library-analyticsfindings

 We wanted to get a better handle on how important analytics will be to academic libraries now and in the future, and what demand might be for a service in this area, for example, a shared service that centrally ingests and processes raw usage data and data visualisations back to local institutions (and this, of course, is what LAMP is exploring further in more practical detail).  We had response from 66 UK HE institutions, and asked a good number of questions. For example, we asked whether the following functions might be potentially useful:Automated provision of analytics demonstrating the relationship between student attainment and resource/library usage within institutionsAutomated provision of analytics demonstrating e-resource and collections (e.g. monographs) usage according to demographics (e.g. discipline, year, age, nationality, grade)Resource recommendation functions for discovery services
Karen du Toit's insight:

Library surveys a very important way to plan for the future!

This one from November 2012

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Karen du Toit
Scoop.it!

Libraries stack up in new digital world | roanoke.com

Libraries stack up in new digital world | roanoke.com | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

by

TONIA MOXLEY 

Welcome to the modern research university library, where new skills and even new spaces are being developed to serve the needs of scholars, scientists and students working in the digital age.

From a digital-ready classroom to furniture reminiscent of the starship Enterprise, library officials say they are developing new ways to serve the campus, and the public.

As libraries transform for the digital age, “it’s an exciting time,” said Judy Ruttenberg of the Association of Research Libraries, a membership and advocacy organization for 125 of the nation’s largest research libraries, including the Library of Congress.

“When university libraries housed large print collections and people had to come there to use them, that was a different model. Now students, scholars and researchers have many options, and the library serves in a different way,” Ruttenberg said.

To keep libraries relevant amid the rapid expansion of Web-based information, Tech officials are using architects and student advisory committees to develop spaces and services that draw the campus into the library.

Karen du Toit's insight:

Libraries of the future! Collections, spaces and services look different!

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Karen du Toit
Scoop.it!

Libraries and Learning Innovation and the use of Twitter, at Leeds Metropolitan University

Libraries and Learning Innovation and the use of Twitter http://t.co/J1RlgopeLW #leedsmet #research

 

Although we feel it has
proved a useful addition to our communication
and feedback mechanisms (with over 2000 followers
by the end of June 2012), it is clear that we need
to formalise our usage in order to make the most
effective use of it. As a result we have created a list
of actions to take us forward into the new academic
year:
• identify weekend staff and members of the
Academic Support Team to join the team of
tweeters and create a rota for monitoring
• draw up our own set of guidelines for
responding to comments and queries and train
staff to follow them
• create a list of topics for tweets to ensure that
at least once a day we are saying something
positive
• update our Twitter page with background