Articles

How "Muggles" Can Enrich the Library Team

Donna Carroll, University of Leiden | Jan 17, 2012

The University of Warwick is one of the UK's leading universities, ranked seventh overall in the last national assessment of researchers. The university library has been developing innovative ways to meet the needs of this community of researchers, as well as the needs of its students and teaching faculty.

My role as the Academic Services Development Manager at the University of Warwick Library, UK, was created in October 2009. It was intended to:

It is widely recognized that simple access to digital information is not enough. Tools and strategies are needed to sift through what can be thought of as a beach full of information when you are looking for a grain of sand. One digital sieve that is gaining momentum in the library is the application. On August 12, 40 coders gathered at the National University of Singapore (NUS) to create 16 such applications for Elsevier's SciVerse platform in the first annual Singapore Code Jam (SGCodeJam24).

As a librarian within the Information Services department, I serve as liaison to the Economics and Public Policy departments and schools. In some ways my duties remain the same as those of my predecessors: outreach and assisting students and staff. But a librarian today needs to be familiar with all the different ways to communicate with users and keep up to date with information and emerging technologies.

In the June issue of the Library Connect Newsletter, we invited librarians and information professionals to participate in the Apps for Library Idea Challenge 2011. We received 41 app ideas from 14 countries. The international competition invited participants to propose solutions to the challenges that they and their users face in the search and discovery process. The winners, announced in November at the 2011 Charleston Conference in Charleston, SC, are librarians Ke Khoon Low, National University of Singapore, and Andrea Szwajcer, University of Manitoba, Canada.

The New Role of Librarians at Chiba University's Academic Link

Hiroya Takeuchi, Chiba University | Jan 17, 2012

In April 2011 Chiba University launched Academic Link, a new concept that aims to promote students' active learning. The university library is spearheading the institution's educational reform with this challenging and ambitious educational concept. The goal of Academic Link is to foster information and learning skills, which would facilitate students' lifelong learning to meet the demands of the evolving knowledge-based society.

At the time of writing Rudy was the Technology Training Librarian at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

LIBER, the Association of European Research Libraries, has formulated a strategic plan describing its main goals for the years 2010-2012. Among its plans, LIBER is instituting an ambitious international development program for its members. To fulfill this goal, the Steering Committee on Organisation and Human Resources and, in particular, the Leadership Working Group, has developed a high-level seminar in three stages to prepare the next generation of senior leaders in European research libraries.

A leadership shortage

Do you and your library users access journals or articles online? Most likely the individual and citable article is the desired end product. In 2010, Elsevier introduced article-based publishing to get the final article with full citation details (volume, issue, page range) into circulation an average of seven weeks quicker.

The New Roles of Medical Libraries and Librarians in the Eastern Mediterranean Region

Hatem Nour El-Din H. Mohamed, Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean | Jan 17, 2012

Without a doubt, the relationship between health librarians and their users has dramatically changed due to the rapid spread of Internet use and the incredible progress of digital communications across the world. Therefore, the roles of medical librarians and libraries have changed to meet the new opportunities and challenges for accessing and utilizing health knowledge in this digital world.