Summary of Hot Topics discussion at WLIC Poland August 2017

At the 2017 IFLA WLIC in Wroclaw, Poland, the Academic & Research Libraries committee once again hosted its popular Hot Topics session.  The session, which was attended by more than 180, opened with provocative lightning talks by three committee members, each of whom posed questions to the attendees.  The program […]

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Hong Kong – next generation shared ILS by Leo Ma

  After using Millennium (formerly Innopac) for more than two decades, all eight government funded university libraries in Hong Kong (known as JULAC libraries) decided in June 2016 to adopt a new shared integrated library system (ILS) on cloud platform for collection management and innovative service delivery, which is the […]

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The changing landscape of academic libraries in South Africa from subject librarianship to functional librarianship by Reggie Raju and Jill Claassen

Restructuring for relevance: the restructuring of a South African research-led university library The higher education system in South Africa is poised for significant change. However, that change is a double edged sword. On the one hand, there is the positive change with regard to pedagogy, rapid growth of commensurate technology, […]

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Trends with European academic libraries by Adelaida Ferrer Torrens

In the last year, European university libraries have continued to work on topics such as research support, the new role of learning in their institutions and changes in the roles of their professionals. However, the theme that has led to more projects and more interest has been the implementation from […]

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Trends in Italy

Read what Jan Simane has to say about trends in Italy. The so-called ‘open library’ is a hot topic in Italy in 2017. After the digital turn innovations in technology and the subsequent professional requirements have been discussed intensively in the last years; now the role of libraries in terms […]

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Trends in Singapore

Let me begin by giving a brief context to Singapore’s higher education and research ecosystem. There are six universities in Singapore which are, in order of longevity, National University of Singapore (NUS), Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore Management University (SMU), Singapore University of Technology and Design, Singapore Institute of Technology […]

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Do you speak Library? (if you do, then maybe it’s time to learn a new language)

The University senior administrators world is one of KPIs, analytics and performance indicators, and they are typically focussed only a small number of strategically important issues at any one time – student recruitment, teaching quality, student retention, academic outcomes, research success – it is rarely library services. Libraries, as we […]

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