Friday, January 27, 2017

The IATUL 2017 Program Committee invites proposals for papers and posters, which should reflect the conference theme:

Embedding Libraries – Service and Development in Context

With its variety of services, managerial responsibilities, incorporating treasures from the past into the digital world, connecting continuity with innovation, and preparing our patrons for the challenges in a networked information society, the modern university library is a cosmos in itself. It remains, however, part of the university, and is always linked to the service requirements of its members and goals set by the university management. Therefore, the library’s mandate and all our endeavours are primarily embedded in the university’s strategic processes, along with library services resulting from our mission. The consequences are manifold, go far beyond local concerns, and will be reflected in the theme of this year’s conference: “Embedding Libraries – Service and Development in Context” and its subtopics:

  • Organisational models for transformation
  • Skills for the new challenges
  • Re-design of physical spaces
  • Digital...
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Wednesday, December 14, 2016
Strategic Library Management in Emerging Countries

The IATUL Directors’ Summit on “Strategic Library Management in Emerging Countries” is organized in cooperation with Paññāsāstra University of Cambodia (PUC) and Cambodia Librarians and Documentalists Association.

The two-days workshop aims at analyzing requirements for the development of academic libraries in Cambodia and neighboring countries. It shall be a forum for exchange of experience at executive level in library management.

University libraries are at the heart of information provision for higher level education and research, and therefore have the mandatory assignment to provide the best of infrastructures for their academic clients. The discussions will focus on how libraries can meet this role according to their structure and resources available.

There will be sufficient time for informal discussions on perspectives of library networking, facilitating the generation of synergies for your own library’s development.

The language of communication will be English.

We look forward to welcoming you!

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Monday, October 31, 2016

It was the last day and the final panel of the Designing Libraries for the 21st Century conference. Leonora Crema, the scholarly communications librarian at the University of British Columbia, told the audience that “to carry innovation sometimes you have to create something seismic.” In the same discussion, regarding organizational change, both Mary Ann Mavrinac, vice provost and dean of River Campus Libraries at the University of Rochester, and Catherine Murray-Rust, dean of libraries at Georgia Tech, reminded audiences that, yes, sometimes change is big, but it can also be incremental, and big wins can come from small but thoughtful, planned shifts in organizational culture and service models.


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Monday, October 31, 2016

In 2016, Open Access (OA) to scholarly publications received renewed political attention as part of a wider agenda for ‘Open Science’ highlighted by the Dutch Presidency of the Council of the EU. Against this background, this survey report highlights some of the efforts made by public research organisations in Europe over the past few years to develop and implement OA policies. It also lists some remaining challenges that need to be met in order to facilitate and accelerate the transition towards full OA for all scholarly publications by 2020, as called for in the conclusions on ‘The Transition Towards an Open Science System’ adopted by the Council of the EU on 27 May 2016.

Monday, October 31, 2016

While there might not be obvious similarities between a Silicon Valley start-up and a public college in Rhode Island, taking a page from the tech-industry playbook may be the key to the future of higher education.

It doesn’t take long during a conversation among app developers before someone mentions the term UX — user experience. The term refers to the interaction between a person and a tool or system. Understanding the user experience guides the decisions that developers make as they design apps: Do users intuitively know how to use a particular app, or does it leave them confused and disoriented? If they have a bad experience, people simply won’t use it, regardless of its capabilities. Successful companies make user experience a top priority.

Monday, October 31, 2016

Almost all of Europe’s academic research libraries are working collaboratively, within and outside of their institutions, to help ensure that the scientific data of today is curated properly, so it can be accessed, shared and reused by future generations. That is one conclusion from a recent survey on Research Data Services (RDS), carried out by a group of internationally renowned researchers in collaboration with LIBER’s Scholarly Communication & Research Infrastructures Committeeand DataONE.

The survey — which reflects answers from a representative sample of research libraries in 22 countries across Europe — also revealed that:

  •  Libraries are currently offering more consultative-type RDS services (eg. how to find information on Data Management Plans, metadata standards, or data citation practices) than technological services (eg. own storage solutions)...
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