6th UNICA Scholarly Communication Seminar: Libraries As Drivers for Change, Brussels, 26-27 November 2012.

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.

Programme 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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Questions? Please contact Marta: office@unica-network.eu 

We are looking forward to meeting you in Brussels!


Monday, 26 November, 2012 to Tuesday, 27 November, 2012
Host Institution: 
Université Libre de Bruxelles