Articles

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.

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    A Librarian in the information age is most like a ____________________________ because ____________________________.
     

    "Structural Change" and Librarianship

    Jeffrey Stanton, Syracuse University | Jan 17, 2012

    Recent headlines across the US attribute high unemployment rates to "structural changes" in our economy. What are these structural changes and how will they impact librarianship over the years to come? Structural change results from a mismatch between what people can do, given their experience and education, and what hiring organizations actually need. This explains why we can simultaneously have high unemployment and firms that have great difficulty filling positions with qualified workers.