The 6th UNICA Scholarly Communication Seminar: Libraries As Drivers for Change, 26-27 November 2012, will address the issues related to the evolving role and place of the library in the university.
University teaching and learning practices as well as information technologies definitely shape the evolution of libraries regarding their services, spaces and contents. The seminar will address visions of the university library from different points of view: what is the academic leadership vision of the library? what is the ideal library seen by students? which services are expected by researchers ? how are professors using library collections and spaces as learning support and teaching environment?
Based on these different visions, the seminar will look at how libraries design their services to meet the users’ changing needs, and how to reconcile the different visions. It will explore ways of redefining library contents, developing collections in times of change, dealing with open linked data and sustaining open access publications. The speakers will also deal with the skills required both from users and of librarians to fit in the library of the future. The conference programme features a panel session on rethinking library spaces, from refurbishing an old library, through preparing, building and opening a new one.
The Seminar is organised with the support of Swets, Springer, Wiley-Blackwell, and Starkmann.
Target audience: Directors of Libraries, Information Services and Learning Centres; Librarians, Vice-Rectors for Research or Teaching from UNICA member universities.
Final report by Françoise Vandooren, Chair of the Scholarly Communication Core Group
List of participants
Speakers & chairs: biographies & abstracts
Session I: Vision of the Library
The Library Through the Eyes of a Researcher, by Paul GEERLINGS, Dean of the Faculty of Science, Vrije Universiteit Brussel
The Library Through the Eyes of a Professor, Jean-Luc DeMeulemeester, Professor, Université libre de Bruxelles
Session II: Reshaping Services - How to meet the Users' Changing Needs?
On the student's terms - Service design case for the Helsinki University Main Library by Mikko KOIVISTO, Lead Service Designer, Diagonal Mental Structure Inc.
Reshaping library support for research at King’s College London by Nick WOOLLEY and Gavin BEATTIE, Associate Directors, Library Services, King’s College London
Matching services to user needs: librarians meet scholars by Christian BROUWER, Director of SSH Library, Université libre de Bruxelles
Session III: Developing Skills
Challenges of Library and Information Science (LIS) Education, by Sirje VIRKUS, Tallinn University
The Year 2020 is Now - Does the Library Competence Meet the Needs of the Academic Community?, by Antti Virrankoski, Helsinki University Library
Session IV : Redefining Contents
Collection development policies in times of change by Wilhelm WIDMARK, Library Director, Stockholm University
Session V: Rethinking Spaces
Refurbishing an old library, by Anne JÄRVINEN, Head of Department, Stockholm University
Preparing a New Library and Learning Centre as an Interuniversity Initiative: Norms and Services by Patrick VANOUPLINES, Head Librarian, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, and Dominique LERINCKX, Director of Science & Technology Library, Université Libre de Bruxelles
Building a New Library: Forget the Answers, Remember the Questions, by Filippos TSIMPOGLOU, Library Director, University of Cyprus
Opening a New Main Library, by Kaisa SINIKARA, University Librarian, University of Helsinki
Evaluating a New Library Two Years Later by Gerda KOIDLA, Library Deputy Director, Tallinn University of Technology
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