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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.

“They don’t know what we are doing!” I hear this all over the world in different languages. If it sounds familiar, you need to consider or reconsider the vital task of internal marketing - that is, marketing to university or institutional leaders.

Turning the library into an e-learning center

By Dr. Aree Thunkijjanukij, Kasetsart University Library | Dec 27, 2011

A blend of high-tech and homey at the KULC.

One might argue that the first step in marketing is to consider the needs and wants of customers and then create a product, service or place that addresses those needs and wants. At Kasetsart University Library we did just that, looking at learning in the context of a digital generation of students and responding with a new place designed to support their learning. We converted an existing traditional library space into the Kasetsart University Learning Center (KULC), an environment that attracts students and focuses on e-learning.