South Ural State University (SUSU) is one of the largest universities in the Urals, Russia, and was categorized as a national research university in 2010. More than 55,000 students are enrolled in SUSU and its affiliates in the cities of Chelyabinsk and Tyumen. In addition to supporting the university’s mission to develop and implement innovative educational and scientific programs, the library plays a key role in preserving the university’s intellectual heritage.

Nordic librarians explore the role of academic libraries

Michaela Kurschildgen, Elsevier | Mar 13, 2012

Is the bridge between scientific research and academic libraries becoming longer or shorter? How are these areas intersecting like never before? These were a few of the topics explored in the 9th Nordic Librarian Forum on Nov. 2–3, 2011 in Copenhagen.

Library Advocacy Toolkit

Sept 28, 2015

With the advent of online usage, it’s more critical than ever for librarians to raise the profile of their resources and services by communicating the value they add to their institutions. The following information can help librarians plan and execute an advocacy campaign, or focus on individual lobbying efforts.
How-to tips for advocacy campaigns

    Different types of manuscripts are organized in different ways and contain different components. Though one does not have to follow a rigid outline, following generally accepted and expected practices can help the reader understand what you are saying.

    One of the greatest strengths of Next Gen librarians can be found in their ability to bring new and innovative ideas to the information workplace. When reading the library literature, one expects to find that any mention of Next Gen librarians incorporates a discussion of new technology implementation, issues relating to Web 2.0, the benefits of social networking or any of the other talking points commonly associated with fresh-faced librarians who grew up in the digital age.

    This project expands and tests a case study conducted with the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (Luther, 2008) which developed a methodology for calculating the library’s ROI to the university through grants received. This new study expands that methodology to 8 institutions in 8 countries to see if the methods are widely applicable in academic research libraries worldwide. Both quantitative and qualitative data were collected, including surveys of faculty, interviews with university administrators, and data on grant proposals, grant income, and the library budget.

    The results presented here are but a first step in determining ROI for an academic library. We hope this information will generate dialog, debate, and increased appreciation for the library and the value of information resources to academic institutions.

    Broadening Our Reach

    Dec 28, 2011

    Lenny Rhine (back row, center) with HINARI training participants.

    A partnership between the World Health Organization and major scientific/ technical/medical publishers like Elsevier, HINARI, the Access to Research in Health Programme, enables institutions in developing countries to access more than 7,000 biomedical and health journals. Thousands of health workers and researchers benefit from this access and, in turn, contribute to improved world health.

    Quick, fill in the blanks:
    A Librarian in the information age is most like a ____________________________ because ____________________________.