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Students' Perception Of Informal Learning Spaces In An Academic Library; An Investigation Into The Relationship Between Learning Behaviours And Space Design, Susan Beatty Mar 2017

Students' Perception Of Informal Learning Spaces In An Academic Library; An Investigation Into The Relationship Between Learning Behaviours And Space Design, Susan Beatty

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No abstract provided.


Library And Experiential Learning: Taking Collaboration To The Next Level, Yuyun W. Ishak Mar 2017

Library And Experiential Learning: Taking Collaboration To The Next Level, Yuyun W. Ishak

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Wroclaw University Of Technology Knowledge Repository: Project Objectives, Anna Walek Apr 2015

Wroclaw University Of Technology Knowledge Repository: Project Objectives, Anna Walek

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Knowledge Repository is a project created in the Library and Scientific Information Centre of Wroclaw University of Technology (WrUT). Its main task will be collecting, sharing, and promoting scientific publications of researchers, postgraduates and students of WrUT. It will be also used for bibliometric analysis and reporting research output of WrUT scientific community.Knowledge Repository will closely cooperate with other databases and information services created in WrUT, for example: Research offer, Key equipment, Projects and Inventions.

The repository will also be a solution supporting communication between researchers and a platform for cooperation between science and business, based on the formula ...


Measuring (And Increasing) The Value Of Library Services, Carol Tenopir Jun 2014

Measuring (And Increasing) The Value Of Library Services, Carol Tenopir

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The value of the university library to faculty, students, and administrators has long been assumed. In an era of increasing choices (and sometimes decreasing resources), academic librarians all over the world are faced with finding the best ways to measure and demonstrate the value of the library to all stakeholders, and to gather evidence that helps libraries make the best choices about new directions for the future that will sustain and increase the value. This talk will both describe some methods for measuring value and outcomes and summarize results that measure value to users.


The Future Librarian: A Diverse And Complex Professional, Gunilla Widén, Maria Kronqvist-Berg Jun 2014

The Future Librarian: A Diverse And Complex Professional, Gunilla Widén, Maria Kronqvist-Berg

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The library professional is an active actor in the information society and the professional identity is affected by societal and cultural phenomena as well as technological changes. The library users’ changing information behavior, different forms of information, and information overload challenge the professional perspective; what is the core expertise of the library profession and what new skills are needed in the future? The library profession meets a growing complexity in its role and it becomes difficult to balance the generalist and expertise level of the profession (Stover 2004). Desirable future skills are related to operating and navigating on the Internet ...


Organisational Changes And A New Media Policy: Meeting User Demands At The Royal Institute Of Technology, Cecilia Heyman Widmark Jun 2014

Organisational Changes And A New Media Policy: Meeting User Demands At The Royal Institute Of Technology, Cecilia Heyman Widmark

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This paper discusses why there is a need for organisational changes and a new policy for acquisitions within an academic library when 96.5 % of the media budget is spent on electronic resources related to the 3.5 % spent on print. At the Library of The Royal Institute of Technology the acquisitions and handling of printed material involved more time and personnel compared to that of licensing and administering electronic resources. Given the economic relation between the two expenditures it was clear that this should be reflected in the organisation.

A new media plan was developed to form a foundation ...


Problem Lah! Learning To Tell The Story Of Continuous Assessment And Improvement, Tamera Hanken Jun 2014

Problem Lah! Learning To Tell The Story Of Continuous Assessment And Improvement, Tamera Hanken

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To succeed organizations rely on the purposeful application of the management functions, planning, organizing, leading and controlling, i.e., assessment. Assessment involves the collection and analysis of service and performance data to inform planning, organizing and leading-- opening the door to a culture of assessment and continuous improvement. Like other organizations responding to ever challenging economies and ever changing customer expectations, libraries are examining continuous improvement methods such as Lean, or Six Sigma, to ensure operations and services are customer focused and can be continuously assessed and improved with limited resources. Librarians though, often lack a general understanding of assessment ...


Unlocking The Potential Of Library Generated Data To Assess Value, Impact, And Influence, Margie Jantti, Brian Cox Jun 2014

Unlocking The Potential Of Library Generated Data To Assess Value, Impact, And Influence, Margie Jantti, Brian Cox

Proceedings of the IATUL Conferences

The University of Wollongong Library (UWL) has initiated an innovative and collaborative research project to unambiguously demonstrate the value that can be provided by academic libraries. The project centres on the integration and interrogation of a series of discrete datasets, e.g. student performance, student attrition, student demographic data, and borrowing and electronic resources usage data. The project has enabled UWL to identify whether a correlation exists between usage of Library resources and academic performance (e.g. grades). Findings reveal a strong and sustained correlation; providing a new facet through which to view and understand the student academic experience.The ...


Positioning Academic Libraries For The Future: A Process And Strategy For Organizational Transformation, Erin L. Ellis, Brian Rosenblum, John Stratton, Kathleen Ames-Stratton Jun 2014

Positioning Academic Libraries For The Future: A Process And Strategy For Organizational Transformation, Erin L. Ellis, Brian Rosenblum, John Stratton, Kathleen Ames-Stratton

Proceedings of the IATUL Conferences

Seeking to more effectively respond to campus initiatives and user expectations, the University of Kansas (KU) Libraries underwent a process of significant organizational review and transformation. Guided by a purposeful, open process, a diverse and representative group was elected to serve on the Libraries Organizational Review Team (ORT) to assess the existing organizational structure, determine major functions and cross-functional areas therein, and identify new and vital activities and positions essential for achieving our strategic priorities. Recognizing, too, the trends and challenges occurring within higher education and academic libraries, ORT sought to redefine professional roles and functions to strategically position the ...


Change Management In Libraries: An Essential Competency For Leadership, Catherine B. Soehner Jun 2014

Change Management In Libraries: An Essential Competency For Leadership, Catherine B. Soehner

Proceedings of the IATUL Conferences

In this era of shrinking budgets and advancing technology, libraries inevitably need to change to keep up with the times. This is especially true in regards to changes in the Information Technology (IT) services provided by libraries. Some traditional services are no longer used and others must be rearranged so that the library remains a vital component of the campus. Reorganization of personnel often takes place to accommodate these changes. Organizational change may initially appear overwhelming, especially if it involves many people with strongly held opinions and beliefs about maintaining traditional library services. However, a structured process, transparency, and effective ...


How Does The Information Team Today Become The Information Team Of Tomorrow, Carlo Iacono Jun 2014

How Does The Information Team Today Become The Information Team Of Tomorrow, Carlo Iacono

Proceedings of the IATUL Conferences

As the delivery of universities’ information services becomes increasingly virtual and time-honoured library practices are deemed to add less value, literature abounds with discussions about the future of the profession. Academic librarians are generally finding technical and technological expertise is a must and that they need to be aware of emerging learning and research practises to ensure their place and value remains. These new demands create new opportunities and require new skills to be acquired.

In this complex and rapidly changing environment, managers need to remain on top of the requirement for new skill sets. The starting point is understanding ...


Science, Technology, And Library Work: Trends And Milestones, Maria Forsman Jun 2014

Science, Technology, And Library Work: Trends And Milestones, Maria Forsman

Proceedings of the IATUL Conferences

Nowadays it is difficult to imagine, what kind of changes research libraries have gone through during the last 40 years. In the 70’s libraries were proud of large collections of printed books and journals. Library automation was mostly in infancy, but some research fields were forerunners in developing library and information services. These fields are those that are economically useful in society. The first and most qualified international databases were in sciences like chemistry and physics, medicine, education and economics. Other sciences – like humanities and most of social sciences – were followers. Databases and different e-services were developed in the ...


Coming Out: Making The Virtual Library Visible In Today's World, Grace Saw, Janine Schmidt Jun 2014

Coming Out: Making The Virtual Library Visible In Today's World, Grace Saw, Janine Schmidt

Proceedings of the IATUL Conferences

This is the age of the virtual customer. A silent virtual revolution has led to tumultuous and disruptive changes in environmental, financial, educational, and information environments. As the Library becomes increasingly virtual, it is becoming virtually invisible – as are library customers. Libraries are redefining their roles, managing their migration from the print past to an online future in a time of spiralling costs and declining incomes, redefining their products and services and refocusing on their customers, many of whom they rarely if ever see. How do we position the Library in the marketplace? What is the message to be conveyed ...


Implementing A Next Generation Library System, Peter Green Jun 2014

Implementing A Next Generation Library System, Peter Green

Proceedings of the IATUL Conferences

Only a few years ago most library management systems were considered stable and mature and the focus of effort by library vendors and academic libraries was on developing and implementing client facing, web scale, discovery layers. These are now ubiquitous. However the rise and rise of electronic content and the growing complexity of managing that electronic content with systems developed last century has led to the current focus on developing and implementing next generation library management systems. These new library systems are being built from the ground up, encompassing all forms of content and subsuming more recently developed products, such ...


Beyond Inspec - Building A Semantic Enrichment Service To Explore How The Iet Can Better Support Academic And Commercial Researchers, Allison Haggar, Richard Hollis Jun 2014

Beyond Inspec - Building A Semantic Enrichment Service To Explore How The Iet Can Better Support Academic And Commercial Researchers, Allison Haggar, Richard Hollis

Proceedings of the IATUL Conferences

As the amount of content in the engineering space is constantly growing it is becoming more and more difficult to retrieve relevant information. In this context the IET has commissioned a project to evaluate the feasibility of providing a semantic enrichment service based on the terms contained in the Inspec Thesaurus. The possibility of automated tagging of a variety of content types including traditional academic publishing data (e.g. journal abstracts), commercial product information (e.g. product catalogues) and social media (e.g. twitter feeds) has been explored as well as the auto generation of new terms for the Inspec ...


Metrics, Altmetrics, Data Visualization, Tuija Sonkkila Jun 2014

Metrics, Altmetrics, Data Visualization, Tuija Sonkkila

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With examples from past, present and future in the making, we look how altmetrics visualizations are positioned into different visualization categories.


The Effect Of Open Access On Citation Rates Of Self-Archived Articles At Chalmers, Lars Kullman Jun 2014

The Effect Of Open Access On Citation Rates Of Self-Archived Articles At Chalmers, Lars Kullman

Proceedings of the IATUL Conferences

Open Access (OA) proponents argue that OA increases the visibility and accessibility of research articles, and therefore increases the citation rate of these works. During the last decade numerous studies have been made on the possible citation advantage of OA on scholarly publications. At Chalmers University of Technology (Göteborg, Sweden) an OA policy was adopted in 2010, mandating all of its publications to be self-archived in the university repository Chalmers Publication Library (CPL). One of the arguments of the then vice chancellor was that OA would increase citations. In this study, a possible OA citation advantage of articles self-archived in ...


Correlation Between Information Needs And The Library Collection: A Citation Analysis Study Of Doctoral Theses At Universidade Federal De Santa Catarina Library, Maria Bernardete Martin Alves, Karyn Munyk Lehmkuhl, Liliane Vieira Pinheiro, Dirce Maris Nunes Da Silva Jun 2014

Correlation Between Information Needs And The Library Collection: A Citation Analysis Study Of Doctoral Theses At Universidade Federal De Santa Catarina Library, Maria Bernardete Martin Alves, Karyn Munyk Lehmkuhl, Liliane Vieira Pinheiro, Dirce Maris Nunes Da Silva

Proceedings of the IATUL Conferences

This study aims at measuring the correlation between information needs of patrons and the Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina (UFSC) Library collection. The survey was carried out targeting students from a doctoral course in Scientific and Technological Education especially, analyzing the listing of sources and literature of UFSC doctoral theses submitted in 2012. The postgraduate program was selected for its multidisciplinary nature. Theses were chosen for analysis because they are original studies and represent an innovative contribution. Also, they are available at the library collection and general public can access them both in printed or online format. The goal of ...


Assessing The Impact Of Publications Saved By Mendeley Users: Is There Any Different Pattern Among Users?, Zohreh Zahedi, Rodrigo Costas, Paul Wouters Jun 2014

Assessing The Impact Of Publications Saved By Mendeley Users: Is There Any Different Pattern Among Users?, Zohreh Zahedi, Rodrigo Costas, Paul Wouters

Proceedings of the IATUL Conferences

The main focus of this paper is to investigate the impact of publications read (saved) by the different users in Mendeley in order to explore the extent to which their readership counts correlate with their citation indicators. The potential of filtering highly cited papers by Mendeley readerships and its different users have been also explored. For the analysis of the users, we have considered the information of the top three Mendeley ‘users’ reported by the Mendeley. Our results show that publications with Mendeley readerships tend to have higher citation and journal citation scores than publications without readerships. ‘Biomedical & health sciences ...


Altmetrics Is An Indication Of Quality Research Or Just Hot Topics, Chia Yew Boon, Joan Wee Jee Foon Jun 2014

Altmetrics Is An Indication Of Quality Research Or Just Hot Topics, Chia Yew Boon, Joan Wee Jee Foon

Proceedings of the IATUL Conferences

With the widespread use of social media tools in the discovery, dissemination and discussion of research output, altmetric measurements are fast gaining popularity and they supplement the traditional research metrics by tracking the number of social mentions of research articles. In recent years, there a few such tools and they adopt different models and have different coverage. Publishers such as Scopus and PLoS have already incorporated altmetrics in their websites. This paper seeks to make sense of these available tools and evaluate their effectiveness. Do they identify quality research or just HOT topics? This paper also analyses most cited papers ...


Mendeley As A Source Of Readership By Students And Postdocs? Evaluating Article Usage By Academic Status, Stefanie Haustein, Vincent Larivière Jun 2014

Mendeley As A Source Of Readership By Students And Postdocs? Evaluating Article Usage By Academic Status, Stefanie Haustein, Vincent Larivière

Proceedings of the IATUL Conferences

This paper explores readership counts provided by the social reference manager Mendeley as a source for usage statistics for scientific papers, based on a sample of 1.2 million documents published in journals from the four disciplines Biomedical Research, Clinical Medicine, Health and Psychology. It is shown that the percentage of papers with at least one user on Mendeley (65.9%) as well as the average number of readers per document (9.6) is quite high compared to the uptake and average activity on other social media platforms. The majority of users are PhD and postgraduate students as well as ...


The Meaning Of Altmetrics, Kim Holmberg Jun 2014

The Meaning Of Altmetrics, Kim Holmberg

Proceedings of the IATUL Conferences

A range of quantitative methods are today widely used in research evaluation (e.g. Moed et al., 1985; Moed et al., 1995). Recently, with the increasing popularity of social media, and especially the increasing use of social media in scholarly activities, a new field of research has been introduced, namely altmetrics, to investigate the use of social media in research evaluation (Priem & Hemminger, 2010). Although altmetrics does not yet have a widely accepted definition, the idea with altmetrics is that the mentions and other indicators of visibility and awareness a research article and other research products get in social media could tell something about the impact or influence of that research. Earlier altmetric research have in fact found some indications that the social media visibility of a scientific article correlates with more traditional measures of research impact, such as citations, hinting at the value of altmetrics as a rapid source of data about research impact and its potential as a tool for research evaluation (e.g. Bar-Ilan et al., 2012; Mohammadi & Thelwall, 2013; Thelwall et al., 2013a). However, little research has focused on the underlying meaning and actual validity of altmetrics. Are altmetrics measures of impact of research and, if not, what do they measure? How is attention in social ...


The Difficulty Of Indicating Transformation: The Challenge For Library Statistics And Surveys, Heli Kautonen, Markku Laitinen, Anna Niemelä Jun 2014

The Difficulty Of Indicating Transformation: The Challenge For Library Statistics And Surveys, Heli Kautonen, Markku Laitinen, Anna Niemelä

Proceedings of the IATUL Conferences

Academic libraries have long refined the tools and skills in order to show their positive impact to research, to science and to the overall society. The aim is to provide essential information for library managers and decision makers. However, the qualitative and quantitative analyses showing libraries’ impact should also provide indications about change, i.e. the transformation of such social practices that challenge the essence of libraries.

This paper presents two sources of information for analysing libraries’ impact on the national level. The first is the Finnish Research Library Statistics Database and the second is the National Library End-User Survey ...


Measuring The World With Scientometrics Challenges And Limitations, Rafael Ball Jun 2014

Measuring The World With Scientometrics Challenges And Limitations, Rafael Ball

Proceedings of the IATUL Conferences

The quantification of the world is in full swing. With Big Data everyone will be convinced that in the future the truth will be based on correlations, not causality. This, however, will succeed only with a new understanding of data, its quality and precision. Will bibliometrics be able to comply?


It-Based Solutions For Users And Library Staff: Case Study Of The Tallinn University Of Technology Library, Jüri Järs Jun 2014

It-Based Solutions For Users And Library Staff: Case Study Of The Tallinn University Of Technology Library, Jüri Järs

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The new building of the Tallinn University of Technology (TUT) Library was opened in 2009. It has open stacks of about 210 000 volumes, which are located on 4 floors. The library has 32 study rooms and about 1 500 visits per day. In this paper some unique solutions are introduced, which have been worked out in cooperation between TUT librarians and library IT staff.

Information kiosk. One single access point for searching in e-catalogue ESTER and ISE database, topographic Open Stack Guide (OSG), study rooms reservation system. OSG is integrated with ESTER item records. There are two ways to ...


What Would Be The Future Of The Integrated Library Systems?, Xiaohua (Cindy) Li Jun 2014

What Would Be The Future Of The Integrated Library Systems?, Xiaohua (Cindy) Li

Proceedings of the IATUL Conferences

Since the advent of Integrated Library Systems (ILSs) in 1970s, they have gone from being innovative to stagnant. In recent years, the rapid advancement of web technologies and the exponential growth of electronic resources and digital contents have increasingly exposed the weakness of traditional ILSs. The lack of flexibility, interoperability, and efficiency makes the ILSs hardly meet the needs of both internal and external library users. Meanwhile Content Management Systems (CMS) such as Drupal and open source ILSs have gotten much attention due to their technological and economic advantages, and cloud computing has allowed libraries to focus on bigger pictures ...


'Access As A Service' - Reframing The Service Catalogue And Measures Of Success For Information Resources, Maureen Kattau Jun 2014

'Access As A Service' - Reframing The Service Catalogue And Measures Of Success For Information Resources, Maureen Kattau

Proceedings of the IATUL Conferences

As collection development and the management of information resources have shifted from ownership to access or to ownership as access (in perpetual access models) the traditional distinction between collections and services - as the basis for thinking about service delivery - is no longer a tenable model. This turn towards "access as a service" has also meant that information resources have come more to resemble 'soft services' in their attendant issues of measurement and value demonstration.

Previous input, or infrastructure, measures (volume counts, usage, etc), if not unproblematic in terms of demonstrating their contribution to University outcomes, were at least rigorous in ...


Co-Creating A Research Landscaping And Visualization Service For Aalto University Library, Johanna Bragge, Heli Yamaguchi, Anne Sunikka Jun 2014

Co-Creating A Research Landscaping And Visualization Service For Aalto University Library, Johanna Bragge, Heli Yamaguchi, Anne Sunikka

Proceedings of the IATUL Conferences

The explosion of research available in digital journal databases poses increasing challenges but also opportunities to scholars. For a scholar to stay competitive, new information discovery tools such as text-mining and visualization software are needed to handle the data flood. A contemporary science library is in a key position in mediating the best practices via its services to scholars. This research depicts how Aalto University Library innovated such a service together with relevant stakeholders and customers. The dual goal of the research is 1) to ensure that the new service best fulfills the needs of scholars, and 2) to increase ...


Measures For Success: Library Resources And Effectiveness Under Scrutiny, Aija Janbicka, Jolanta Ivanova, Lāsma Zarina, Sarmīte Krauze Jun 2014

Measures For Success: Library Resources And Effectiveness Under Scrutiny, Aija Janbicka, Jolanta Ivanova, Lāsma Zarina, Sarmīte Krauze

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Library organization and redesign.

Creation of common territorial complex for RTU

„RTU – City within a City” is a project the implementation of which will create the most advanced study centre for engineering sciences in the Baltic region – a campus that in future will be formed of RTU faculties, administrative buildings and the scientific library.

The first stage of the project was realized starting from spring of 2010 till the end of 2013, with the help of national and European Regional Development Funds.

Within the framework of the project in the library:

  • Mobile shelves in the book repository have been installed ...


Visual Art: An Effective Communication Channel For Library, Marta Mazur, Dorota Wojonowska Jun 2014

Visual Art: An Effective Communication Channel For Library, Marta Mazur, Dorota Wojonowska

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The purpose of this poster is to present marketing operations and communication channels applied in the Main Library of the Warsaw University of Technology (ML WUT). Due to the influence of new twenty-first-century technology, libraries need and have to be involved with interpersonal communication and appropriate instruments of mass communication. Actions related to marketing communication should be well thought-out, planned and evaluated.

The ML WUT has been consistently pursuing and realising a communicative marketing programme based on the visual arts. Such communication channels as offered by ML WUT include: exhibition display boards located in urban open space and internal academic ...