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Closing the Gap in Librarian, Faculty Views of Academic Libraries | Research

Closing the Gap in Librarian, Faculty Views of Academic Libraries | Research | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"In this age of outcomes measurement, many academic librarians are focused—and rightly so—on making sure they best serve students. Yet students are not the only population of end users on an academic campus. Faculty, too, are conduits not only to students but to library users in their own right. As well, studies of faculty attitudes such as Ithaka’s often show that, even as faculty increasingly depend on library-brokered online access to expensive databases and electronic journals, the off-site availability of modern resources may leave many faculty members less aware of the crucial role of the library in their and their students’ workflow."


Full report here: http://www.thedigitalshift.com/research


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Thirsty? Go to a library, not a coffee shop - Telegraph.co.uk

Thirsty? Go to a library, not a coffee shop - Telegraph.co.uk | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
Libraries should be re-branded as vibrant community hubs offering free wifi, comfy sofas and coffee, according to government-commissioned report The recommendations are made in the Independent Library Report for England, commissioned by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport earlier this year.
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Olga Kudriavtseva 's curator insight, December 19, 2014 2:38 AM

Эпоха библиотек как молчаливых читальных залов с книгами в качестве единственного продукта закончилась, и для того, чтобы выжить, они должны стать "живыми и привлекательными эпицентрами деятельности общества».



RuthEastham's curator insight, December 22, 2014 8:46 AM

...ibraries ........must become “vibrant and attractive community hubs”

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5 tips for librarians using web metrics | CILIP

5 tips for librarians using web metrics | CILIP | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"The library and information community have often been at the forefront of adopting new web technologies, but generally less thought is given to measuring how these technologies are being used. An annual report may mention the number of followers the library's Twitter account has accumulated, or the number of article downloads from its institutional repository, but such a light-touch approach to web metrics neither recognizes its full potential nor acknowledges its limitations. 'Web metrics' is a broad term used to refer to the quantitative measurement of the creation and use of web content. It incorporates both 'webometrics', the quantitative study of web content and use for research purposes, and 'web analytics', the quantitative study of web content and use for the evaluation and improvement of a service." -

See more at: http://www.cilip.org.uk/cilip/news/5-tips-librarians-using-web-metrics#sthash.zi7Qzz2y.dpuf

 

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Dewey B Strategic: ALM Releases 2013 Librarian Survey. Spending Down, Embedding . Complex Research and Competitive Intelligence Surge. How Do Law Librarians Do It All?

Dewey B Strategic: ALM Releases 2013 Librarian Survey. Spending Down, Embedding . Complex Research and Competitive Intelligence Surge. How Do Law Librarians Do It All? | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

American Lawyer Media Legal Intelligence released the 2013 Law Librarian Survey data earlier this week.

 Library Director's Rule Contract Negotiations

Firms recognize the special expertise of Library Directors in high ticket and complex licencing negotiations. 87% of the firms have kept this responsibility in the hands of the Library Director. 

 

In reviewing the data I am struck by the terrific challenge library chiefs face in the current 

environment. Law firm profits are reviving, lawyers continue to demand the best and most strategic information resources for their practices and yet  library chiefs have succeeded in containing costs. The survey give clues how they achieve this. Librarians are sharp negotiators who assess not only price but the comparative value and usability of the content. They also employ sophisticated tools for analysing the ROI for the resources they invest in. These talents are paying off big time for the firms which employ these experts. [...] A Sampling of Key Trends From the 2013 Law Library Survey

58% of Library Chiefs are responsible for overseeing Competitive Intelligences43 % of Library Chiefs are responsible for Knowledge managementThe average budget was down $500,000Fewer firms were purchasing eBools.  Number dropped from 24% to 21% of libraries.

Survey: http://www.almlegalintel.com/SurveyDescription.aspx?id=Q/K8nmK4pG4=&type=fEFgIaD+grg=

 

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Survey of legal librarians > Interesting!

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UK Organization Publishes Research Into Public Library of the Future | LJ INFOdocket

UK Organization Publishes Research Into Public Library of the Future | LJ INFOdocket | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

By Gary Price
The research comes from the Arts Council of England and is found in a report titled, The Library of the Future.

 

This research has found that public libraries are trusted spaces, open to all, in which people continue to explore and share the joys of reading, information, knowledge and culture. It is clear that people value the services that libraries provide and will continue to do so. Indeed, there is a clear message that there is a compelling and continuing need for a publicly funded library service.

The research also reminds us that public libraries face many challenges in the coming years, including: advances in technology, which affect the ways in which people want to connect to information and culture; reduced public expenditure; the increasing involvement of citizens in the design and delivery of public services; and the needs of an ageing population.

Envisioning the library of the future and the work that comes from it will help us and our partners in the library sector to set out the value, role and purpose of public libraries with more clarity, pointing out ways they can respond to change in order to remain at the heart of their communities. This will provide the focus for our work in the future.

The research began in January 2012, and comprised three phases during which researchers spoke with more than 800 people. The research included an online survey which had over 1,400 responses, and 10,000 people viewed the online conversation. Read more on the research methodology.

Four priority areas

In order to foster a successful, sustainable library service in light of these challenges, the Arts Council has set out four priority areas for development which have been tested and corroborated by stakeholders:

place the library as the hub of the communitymake the most of digital technology and creative mediaensure that libraries are resilient and sustainabledeliver the right skills for those who work in libraries
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The public library: historic artifact or adaptive success? - Infographic

The public library: historic artifact or adaptive success? - Infographic | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

With the rise of online resources, public libraries are facing the challenge of having to adapt in order to remain engaging in their communities. Take a look at this infographic to see how they are making their mark in the digital age.

 

'This infographic examines the current use of public libraries and challenges to their preeminence as providers (and symbols) of knowledge."


Via Michelle Bourque, Robin Illsley
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Public libraries making it in the digital age! - Infographic based on a 2012 Pew Research study of American public libraries.

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Dawne Tortorella's curator insight, May 2, 2013 10:47 PM

An infographic based on well researched data and cited appropriately - nice to see as a best practice.

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Report: How Public Libraries Contribute Towards Reaching the Millennium Development Goals « Beyond Access

Report: How Public Libraries Contribute Towards Reaching the Millennium Development Goals « Beyond Access | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
How Public Libraries Contribute Towards Reaching the Millennium Development Goals - Beyond Access: Libraries... http://t.co/EJZi82Wxgv

 

Beyond Access is excited to announce the release of a new report showing how libraries are helping to reach the Millennium Development Goals(MDGs). Featuring stories from different libraries around the world, the report emphasizes the role that libraries are taking in helping to meet the Millennium Development Goals.

List of examples from Guatemala, Zambia, Kenya, etc.

 

Free copy here: http://www.beyondaccess.net/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/Beyond-Access-Libraries-MDGs-Small.pdf

 

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Report shows libraries are helping to reach Millennium Development Goals!

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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

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Good to read to enhance services, especially in academic libraries

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Supporting the Changing Research Practices of Historians - recommendations for archives - review by Kate Theimer

Ithaka S+R’s Research Support Services for Scholars program has released the report of their NEH-funded study, Supporting the Changing Research Practices of Historians.

Here’s a brief description of the project from the report’s Executive Summary:

In 2011-2012, Ithaka S+R examined the changing research methods and practices of academic historians in the United States, with the objective of identifying services to better support them. Based on interviews with dozens of historians, librarians, archivists, and other support services providers, this project has found that the underlying research methods of many historians remain fairly recognizable even with the introduction of new tools and technologies, but the day to day research practices of all historians have changed fundamentally. Ithaka S+R researchers identified numerous opportunities for improved support and training, which are presented as recommendations to information services organizations including libraries and archives, history departments, scholarly societies, and funding agencies.

Link to report: http://www.sr.ithaka.org/news/understanding-historians-today-%E2%80%94-new-ithaka-sr-report
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6 Recommendations for archives - Author feels that archivists would have predicted it! But worth checking out!

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ALA Releases Report on Ebook Business Models for Public Libraries

"Based on conversations with publishers and deliberations on the ebook market, the American Library Association (ALA) released Ebook Business Models for Public Libraries, a report that describes general features and attributes of the current ebook environment and outlines constraints and restrictions of current business models. The report, which was created by the ALA Digital Content and Libraries Working Group (DCWG), suggests opportunities for publishers to showcase content through public libraries."

 

Ebook business models for public libraries: http://americanlibrariesmagazine.org/sites/default/files/EbookBusinessModelsPublicLibs_ALA.pdf

 

"The DCWG recommends three basic attributes that should be found in any business model for ebooks:

- Inclusion of all titles: All ebook titles available for sale to the public should also be available to libraries

- Enduring rights: Libraries should have the option to effectively own the ebooks they purchase, including the right to transfer them to another delivery platform and to continue to lend them indefinitely

- Integration: Libraries need access to metadata and management tools provided by publishers to enhance the