Make It Mobile

By Willie Miller, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis | Dec 27, 2011

Mobile app shows location of available computers.

IUPUI University Library is committed to connecting users with information in transformative and accessible platforms. One such platform is the mobile website, UL Mobile, which offers streamlined interfaces to:

Best Practices for Government Libraries

Marie Kaddell, LexisNexis | Dec 27, 2011

Each spring, Best Practices for Government Libraries puts out its call for submissions, and government librarians — along with others who have something of interest to share with that community — get writing. As the Senior Information Professional for Government at LexisNexis, I am constantly learning about innovative and noteworthy efforts in government library environments. Best Practices showcases those efforts and facilitates the exchange of information about significant initiatives and innovations in federal, state, local, military and court libraries.

The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) provides several robust resources for librarians interested in honing their marketing efforts. The site links to both current and foundational materials, containing core concepts of marketing that will help academic/research librarians.

Marketing @ your library

Highlights include:

In developing countries, libraries are often a hub of activity not only for information resources and services, but also for building foundational skills and knowledge within various user groups. With funding from an Elsevier Foundation grant, the Learning Resource Center (LRC) at Thai Nguyen University was able to substantially boost Vietnamese scholarship and scientific, technical and medical information exchange for scholars in Thai Nguyen Province and the north mountainous area of Vietnam.

Libraries that make the effort to support faculty members early in their careers have the best opportunity to cultivate lifelong library advocates and supporters. Three Finnish libraries made great progress in that initial cultivation by hosting, in partnership with Elsevier, very successful author seminars in mid-April.

More than 200 young scientists attended the seminars in each location - Aalto University, University of Helsinki and the University of Eastern Finland. After a short introduction by the host library, Executive Publisher Jaap van Harten spoke about:

The Welch Medical Library of 2012 — Wherever You Are

By Blair Anton, Nancy Roderer, Stella Seal, Claire Twose, and Sue Woodson, Welch Medical Library | Dec 28, 2011

Mobile devices at the ready, (L-R) Sue Woodson, Blair Anton, Claire Twose, Stella Seal and Nancy Roderer.

In his 1945 essay in The Atlantic, Vannevar Bush imagines an office information machine that would instantly produce files and materials on any needed subject while the researcher sat at his own desk. His Memex system was never built, but the idea of it has inspired decades of research and development toward an effective one-stop-shopping information system. When the Welch Medical Library sat down with its users in 2001 to imagine its future, the vision it created was of a single source for all needed biomedical scholarly material, available wherever the user was.

Austrian university libraries on their way toward e-only for scholarly journals

By Bruno Bauer, Medical University of Vienna | Dec 28, 2011

In 2005, the Cooperation E-Media Austria was founded by an initiative of 21 libraries of federal state universities. The cooperation was set up as a buying syndicate for electronic resources. Consortia licenses for e-journals were at that time based on print subscriptions held at the participating libraries. Subsequently, most institutions paid for print and online subscriptions.

Leaving the collections behind — Are we ready?

By James Mouw, University of Chicago | Dec 28, 2011

In pondering the future of academic libraries and, in particular, their traditional collections, I found it doubly ironic that I was asked to write this article. The first irony is that my institution is building a major library building on campus, one that will hold several million volume equivalents, providing for 20 years’ growth of our print collections. This flies in the face of common wisdom that physical libraries and collections are a thing of the past.

Let It Snow

Matthew Borg, Sheffield Hallam University | Dec 28, 2011

When the UK was hit with its worst snowfall since 1970 in November 2010, Sheffield Hallam University (SHU) library staff viewed it as an opportunity to further plunder new methods of online and mobile communication. We used Twitter, blogs and RSS feeds to get the word out to just over 30,000 students and around 6,000 staff spread over two campuses.

Macquarie University’s goal is to join the ranks of the world’s top 200 research universities, and its new library plays a major role in that undertaking. “Our university's strategic plan has reaffirmed the library as the intellectual heart of the campus,” says Maxine Brodie, University Librarian. “We’re unique among large universities in Australia in only ever having had a single campus library because of our focus on the interdisciplinary nature of research and learning.”