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
If its data management, GIS, the Digital Humanities, Open Access publishing or OA policy implementation, data-mining or 3d printing you need to get your … More
At this time of year, many of us are either doing a spring clean or planning one.
A good spring clean means dedicating some time to take a really good look at your prized possessions and what feels … More
When developing a service, process, policy or if you are restructuring your library, targeting your staff and users in an optimal way will bring you great rewards. A great relationship with your staff and users is to be … More
Many libraries have implemented a mobile interface to their library, but quite a number have not yet done so.
Here are 8 considerations drawn from those who have already developed their own mobile sites, or who have developed … More
What direction are you going to take in 2014? What is the destination and is everyone aligned and on the same path to get there? I have listed my six points that could help make your 2014 vision … More
How to present your research support service offer online
This year I have looked at over 80 academic libraries and their online research support service offering. This post focuses on how libraries present such services online. If … More
In the spirit of open access week this month, as a former institutional and international disciplinary repository manager, I’d like to look at how we can use better stakeholder management methods to help achieve library aims in filling … More