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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ARL Standing Committee Elections: thirteenth candidate

Thirteenth candidate statement: Marga Koelen.  IFLA Standing Committee elections are currently underway, and the ARL Standing Committee is excited to be welcoming new members. We have invited our candidates to submit short biographies so that those of you who are voting members will have some background in making your selections. “Science […]

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ARL Standing Committee Elections: twelfth candidate

Twelfth candidate statement: Jonas Ake. IFLA Standing Committee elections are currently underway, and the ARL Standing Committee is excited to be welcoming new members. We have invited our candidates to submit short biographies so that those of you who are voting members will have some background in making your selections. […]

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