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.

When it comes to exploring new terrain, it always helps to gather insight from others facing the same kind of decisions. Currently, librarians are examining eBooks: the international trends, business models, and their own role in implementing eBooks at their libraries.

Digital Libraries: Tendencies and Perspectives in Uruguay

Ana Luisa Maia, Latin America Elsevier | Jan 17, 2012

In a national gathering, more than 70 librarians and National Agency for Innovation and Research (ANII) representatives met to gain new insights into Uruguay's current digital libraries landscape and its vision for the future. With the support of ANII, Elsevier hosted "Digital Libraries: Tendencies and Perspectives," a Library Connect event, in Montevideo on September 1.

Library Connect is pleased to introduce a new blog series, Inventions for the Library, our first-ever blog series written exclusively by guest bloggers from around the globe. Our first post comes to us from Wong Thiam Ming, Head of Learning Resource Centre, SEGi University College, Malaysia.