Articles

The Library in Your Pocket

Wan Wee Pin, National Library Board | Dec 29, 2011

While libraries have been inundated with talk of Web 2.0 technology, social media and the Internet, we’ve failed to notice the mobile revolution taking place. According to Taiwan's Market Intelligence Center (MIC), the number of global mobile users hit 2.3 billion in 2006 and will reach 3 billion by 2010.

Thrive Rather Than Survive

Kathy Brown, North Carolina State University Libraries | Dec 30, 2011

The depth and extent of the current economic downturn have affected all of us in both our professional and personal lives. Strategic thinking and careful planning are absolutely critical when the focus is on surviving rather than thriving. To a certain extent, this is not a new scenario for libraries. We have always had to plan carefully. Even in the best of times, we’ve rarely experienced the luxury of having enough resources to match what we hoped to achieve with our services, collections and staff.

From Stronghold to Threshold

By Chris Banks | Dec 30, 2011

At the time of writing, Chris was University Librarian and Director of the Library & Historic Collections at the University of Aberdeen.

Five Questions with Professor Lai Maosheng

Lai Maosheng, Peking University | Dec 30, 2011

1. How have you seen the role of librarians change?

To gain information to help us better understand our librarian customers, Elsevier marketing colleagues recently surveyed academic librarians regarding their changing roles. From the more than 6,000 email addresses worldwide to which we sent the survey invitation, we received 441 replies.

Many librarians have experienced the pain of losing access to online journal content when it changes from one publisher to another. Often librarians are not even aware that journals are moving publisher until they hear from angry users. Other problems encountered after journal transfers include losing access to archives, differing access rights and establishing correct subscription information.

TrainingDesk Flash

Susannah Megow, Elsevier's TrainingDesk | Dec 30, 2011

A: The Scopus Affiliation Search allows you to easily monitor your institute’s research output and changing research trends.

Grant Funding Workshops Help Faculty, Staff and Graduate Students

Leslie Delserone, University of Minnesota Libraries, Julie Kelly, University of Minnesota Libraries, Jody Kempf, University of Minnesota Libraries | Dec 30, 2011

At the University of Minnesota, librarians conduct workshops on the effective use of online resources to identify possible funding sources. This is a joint effort of the university's libraries and the Office for the Vice President for Research (OVPR).

During the recent ACRL 14th National Conference in Seattle, we presented a poster to share the highlights of our grant funding workshops. In sharing those highlights again, we hope to inspire other librarians to consider similar projects.

The backstory

Opening a New Library in Tough Times

David Tyckoson, California State University | Dec 30, 2011

On February 20, 2009, the new Henry Madden Library at our university opened to the public. At 360,000 square feet and US $105 million, this was the largest academic project ever at Fresno State, resulting in the largest library at any of the California State University system campuses.

Visualizing Research Performance

Neal Katz, Elsevier | Dec 30, 2011

Today’s academic institutions are continuously looking for ways to improve their standing as world-class research bodies. Gaining a leadership position in research helps institutions recruit and maintain high-quality research staff. This, in turn, helps institutions compete for grant money.