Having a successful project or being inspired for a service idea at a conference is the fun and easy part. However, to come up with a service that really hits the spot with your users, one that they … More
It is based on looking at 100 academic libraries worldwide, i.e. on a Proud2Know benchmarking study maintained every 6 months.
Special thanks also … More
You know the feeling, when it’s one of your regular departmental meetings and you think …groan, this could have more energy and be a bit more inspiring…. In that case, perhaps one of the following ideas taken from … More
- Use a stakeholder analysis to see who could help you implement parts of the project, programme or service development that local staff cannot. Consider the roles and responsibilities of a new initiative together with your key stakeholders. Who might
- “A library is a place where you can lose your innocence without losing your virginity.” Germaine Greer
- “An original idea. That
In last month’s blog: 10 steps to a library value proposition, I looked at part of Alexander Osterwalder’s & Yves Pigner’s Business Model Canvas honing in on analysing library customer segments, pains and gains for a strong library … More
Libraries are embracing new opportunities to help better serve its students, teachers and researchers. The starting point is not always by thoroughly analyzing your current users and analyzing the surrounding contexts together with a multi-disciplinary team that really … More
Information literacy has long been a core activity for academic libraries providing access to information and knowledge and facilitating its effective use. Information literacy has changed its form over recent years to address the newer challenges and opportunities … More
Making the case for your new opportunity
The Library has an idea for a new policy, new service, new project, new resource, or even re-organisation. Having a clear one or two-page business case will help you when discussing … More
Libraries are increasingly putting systematic systems in place to evaluate their services more effectively to help them save costs, measure performance, develop their programmes or to better understand their user needs. This list of 24 considerations comes from … More
As part of regular worldwide research into the research support service offer in academic institutions across the world in the spring and autumn of each year, I would like to share some of the trends that have been … More
If you’re looking for some light relief at the end of the year before Xmas, or if you’re looking for inspiration on how to market your research library, certain spaces or specific services in a different way … More
In a vastly dynamic changing digital research environment, it is critical to use empathy to gain a true understanding of our researchers. It also helps build further trust, appreciation and strong partnerships. This will in turn solidify opportunities … More
Open Access Week is here again, and in this context, I’d like to share 6 winning bids from an Open Access / Open Data / Open Science training call of the EU-funded FOSTER Project (Facilitate Open Science … More
The first library-dedicated NMC Horizon Report was published in August 2014. It outlines key trends, challenges, developments and technologies to impact on academic and research libraries between now and the next 5 years and beyond.
This month’s blog … More
These seven points were shared at a joint SPARC Europe LIBER workshop this summer in Riga. They were developed as part of my programme management work for SPARC Europe. SPARC Europe advocates change in scholarly communications for the … More
For the summer holiday season, here are some great speakers on change that can inspire.
Embrace the near win
Sarah Lewis, March 2014
Sarah Lewis inspires us to see that near wins will get you so much … More
Have you or any of your team needed to get up-to-date and skilled in a specific area in a short space of time? Last month’s blog: Getting more up-to-date in 6 simple steps discussed a strategy for library … More
Academic libraries need to be flexible, fit for purpose and provide value for money. By investing in advice, support and training with Proud2Know, your library can be a step closer to being ready for the future.
The digital … More
There are great opportunities to be had for libraries in the area of research support. A well-considered strategy will help you make that a success.
Based on discussions with academic libraries over 10 years, and research into … More