Innovation partnering: Insert yourself into your community of users

By Sandra Crumlish, St. Jude Medical CRMD Library & Resource Center | Oct 23, 2012

Is your library just pushing information to customers, or passive in providing a site for users to access resources? What if your library actively partnered with users rather than providing the usual passive or push relationship? Partnering means joining the team, taking a vested interest in the research, and following through together to reach a common goal.

Information competence development for Lithuanian academic community

By Gintarė Tautkevičienė, Kaunas University of Technology and Emilija Banionytė, Lithuanian University of Educational Sciences / Lithuanian Research Library Consortium | Oct 23, 2012

In July 2012, the Lithuanian Research Library Consortium completed a three-year European Union Structural Funds project called eMoDB.LT: Opening of Online Research Databases for Lithuania. The project had two objectives: to substantively improve the access to worldwide scientific information, and to enhance the competency of the academic community in searching for, retrieving and using information resources. The process of developing information competence had several stages:

Stage 1: Assessing user needs

Sheetal Tank is Chief Librarian at the Atmiya Institute of Technology & Science in Gujarat, India. Atmiya has approximately 5,000 students and offers undergraduate and postgraduate degrees with a focus on engineering. Most incoming students have never navigated the Internet so they have to start from scratch in terms of digital information literacy. In 2006 Tank initiated a series of information literacy programs and has had 7,000 users participate in the programs since then.

Information literacy involves learning to use the right sources: Chemists look to Reaxys®

Dr. P. Srihari, CSIR-Indian Institute of Chemical Technology | Oct 23, 2012

The American Libraries Association website describes an information-literate individual as one who can access needed information effectively and efficiently, and evaluate information and its sources critically. With the advent of information technology, new sources are continuously being introduced. Google and similar search engines have been the most prevalent sites for gathering information irrespective of the discipline or user community (schools, colleges, research institutes, etc.).

Empowering best evidence use at the point of care

By Jonathan Koffel, University of Minnesota Bio-Medical Library | Oct 24, 2012

In the fall of 2011, the University of Minnesota’s new residency director for Neurology invited me to attend their weekly in-patient rounds. I had attended morning report, journal club, and case conference in other departments, but this would be the first time I was directly involved with patients. I was nervous and unsure of what my role would be, but I had two things working in my favor. First, many of my clinical librarian colleagues had done this and written about their experiences. I read through many articles and watched many presentations as I prepared.

Library Connect is pleased to bring you videos and presentations from a very special library leadership series, featuring librarians who hold executive positions at some of the world’s leading institutions of higher education. Covering a wide range of current library issues, their July 2012 talks included new models of service, reinventing the library, consortial acquisition in the US, the value of eBooks, and engaging university leadership and faculty.

Library Connect would like to thank Jamene Brooks-Kieffer for her thoughtful and comprehensive post below on issues to consider in telecommuting. Jamene is Resource Linking Librarian and Associate Professor at Kansas State University Libraries in Manhattan, Kansas. She telecommutes regularly from her home in Lawrence, Kansas.

Developing a digital library in-house

By Alexander Belov, PNRPU | June 11, 2012

In April 2012 Perm National Research Polytechnic University (PNRPU) completed a five-year project to develop an electronic library (EL). The goals of the project were to substantively improve the quality of data support for the educational and scientific-pedagogical activity of our university, and ensure access to academic and methodical literature for students in the extension department and in the distance-learning faculty of educational technologies.

The following stages describe the project’s evolution.

Stage 1 – Staff development for library employees

In a recent survey of librarians*, we asked about IT skills needed within the digital library. Many librarians accommodate functions traditionally associated with IT, which requires considerable time to keep abreast of developments. However, over a third outsource systems management where the highest degree of specialist knowledge is required.

With increased demand for IT knowledge and skills, roughly two-thirds of librarians surveyed have seen some degree of increase in roles such as “e-librarian.”