Three academic years: Stages of library development

By Aliya Sarsembinova, Nazarbayev University | Sept 25, 2013

In 2010, the administration of Nazarbayev University set a task—to create a library that would lead the region in the implementation of the best international library practices. To fulfill this task, we began to create a Western-style university library by writing a concept for the library’s development and an implementation plan, including actions, timelines, and expected outcomes.

Embracing the digital library

By Wayne Sime, Royal Society of Medicine | Sept 24, 2013

Royal Society of Medicine Library

Many clinicians struggle to find the answers that they need and require training and assistance in searching databases to find research evidence to answer clinical questions. In many ways, the librarian's role is increasingly moving towards becoming a trusted advisor.

On September 12, 2013, Library Connect hosted a webinar on the topic of “How librarians are raising researchers’ reputations.” Presenters Chris Erdmann, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics Library; Heather Chisholm, Imperial College London; and Wouter Gerritsma, Wageningen UR Library, were able to answer a limited number of the multiple questions posed. Please find responses to more of the questions summarized below.

Register for the free Library Connect webinar on Sept. 12 - How librarians are raising researchers' reputations: An exploration of academic networks, profiles and analysis. Presenters include Chris Erdmann, Heather Chisholm and Wouter Gerritsma.

Tech takeaways from the SLA Annual Conference

Colleen DeLory, Editor Library Connect Newsletter | Aug 27, 2013

One conference goer's overview of sessions attended at the Special Libraries Association Annual Conference 2013, including four tech trends and ideas to implement at your library, social media tips, and new technologies.

With the June release, Scopus — the world’s largest abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature — increased its exports limits from 2,000 to 20,000 records!

The May 2013 ACRL brief, Keeping up with Gamification, describes the use of gamification to add a virtual layer to a physical world, to act as a motivational tool, and to instruct and promote.

Download, embed and share The Social Librarian infographic. The social librarian is enmeshed in the fabric of the Internet of Things as curator, educator, filter and beacon. In this dynamic and demanding environment, librarians are extending themselves and empowering library users.

How to find and create social media content for your library

By Ginna Gauntner Witte, Cincinnati State Technical and Community College | Aug 26, 2013

While library staff must learn the technology and the format behind each social media tool, one of the largest challenges in social media management is generating content. Here are some suggestions for creating a pool of social media content and for finding new ideas.

Quick wins for mobile technologies at the University of Surrey Library

By Claire Gill and Claire Gravely, University of Surrey | Aug 27, 2013

The University of Surrey Library has been investigating ways to improve support for the increased use of smartphones and tablets by users. They have concentrated on goals that can be achieved quickly and with little outlay of time or resources.