Articles

TrainingDesk Flash

Susannah Megow, Elsevier's TrainingDesk | Dec 30, 2011

A: The Scopus Affiliation Search allows you to easily monitor your institute’s research output and changing research trends.

Thrive Rather Than Survive

Kathy Brown, North Carolina State University Libraries | Dec 30, 2011

The depth and extent of the current economic downturn have affected all of us in both our professional and personal lives. Strategic thinking and careful planning are absolutely critical when the focus is on surviving rather than thriving. To a certain extent, this is not a new scenario for libraries. We have always had to plan carefully. Even in the best of times, we’ve rarely experienced the luxury of having enough resources to match what we hoped to achieve with our services, collections and staff.

From Stronghold to Threshold

By Chris Banks | Dec 30, 2011

At the time of writing, Chris was University Librarian and Director of the Library & Historic Collections at the University of Aberdeen.

Five Questions with Professor Lai Maosheng

Lai Maosheng, Peking University | Dec 30, 2011

1. How have you seen the role of librarians change?

Grant Funding Workshops Help Faculty, Staff and Graduate Students

Leslie Delserone, University of Minnesota Libraries, Julie Kelly, University of Minnesota Libraries, Jody Kempf, University of Minnesota Libraries | Dec 30, 2011

At the University of Minnesota, librarians conduct workshops on the effective use of online resources to identify possible funding sources. This is a joint effort of the university's libraries and the Office for the Vice President for Research (OVPR).

During the recent ACRL 14th National Conference in Seattle, we presented a poster to share the highlights of our grant funding workshops. In sharing those highlights again, we hope to inspire other librarians to consider similar projects.

The backstory

Opening a New Library in Tough Times

David Tyckoson, California State University | Dec 30, 2011

On February 20, 2009, the new Henry Madden Library at our university opened to the public. At 360,000 square feet and US $105 million, this was the largest academic project ever at Fresno State, resulting in the largest library at any of the California State University system campuses.

Recently, several major changes at my library have pushed us to be much more intentional about assessing our services, workflows, budgeting practices and resource selection. Through strategic planning and development of policy and practice, we have begun to lay the foundation for a culture of assessment in our library — a culture in which decisions are based on facts, research and analysis and where services are designed to maximize the benefit for our patrons (Phipps, 2001).

Here’s an Update on Elsevier’s ROI Study Looking at Academic Libraries

Carol Tenopir, University of Tennessee, Knoxville | Dec 30, 2011

In 2007, Elsevier launched a study looking at the return on an academic institution’s investment in its library. As you may recall, Phase 1 of this ROI study was described by Judy Luther in the January 2008 issue of the Library Connect Newsletter and in an extensive white paper. Both are available at www.elsevier.com/libraryconnect.

Phase 1 summary

The Norwegian Paradox

Per Koch, Research Council of Norway | Dec 30, 2011

Held in Helsinki in November 2008, the 6th Annual Library Connect Nordic Librarian Forum covered topics including research assessment and policy. During that event, Per Koch delivered a presentation which he’s kindly agreed to reshape as this article for Library Connect.
 

Swimming Against the Current

Daniel Calto, Elsevier | Dec 30, 2011

The world of academic research has undergone seismic shifts in the last 10 years, and has left under significant pressures all parties interested in the furtherance of outstanding scientific and humanities research.

Challenges facing academic research