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Academic and Research Libraries – An invitation to join us at IFLA WLIC, Singapore!

The Academic and Research Libraries Section would like to invite you to attend their meetings, sessions and workshop at IFLA World Library and Information Congress – Singapore.


Session 7 – Saturday 17 August, 09:00-12:30.  Nanyang Technological University

 Social media strategy in academic libraries – Implementation experience at Nanyang Technological University (NTU) Libraries with the Academic and Research Libraries Section.  Further details at:


Standing Committee meetings

Session 41 – 17 August 2013, 15:15-17:45.  Room 304

Session 183 – 21 August 2013, 13:15-14:45.  Room 310


Joint Session : Knowledge Management and Academic & Research Libraries 

Session 98 – Monday 19 August, 9:30-12:45

Theme:  Agile management: strategies for achieving success in rapidly changing times.

Who is looking after your e-journals?: Telling tales about the keepers registry & your digital shelves.  Peter Burnhill, EDINA, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, Scotland UK

Implementing agile management through collaborative social computing.  Margaret Tan, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.

From search to discovery.  Tamar Sadeh, Ex Libris, Jerusalem, Israel.

Agile management: strategies for success in rapidly changing times.   Andrew Wells, University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia.

MOOCs  in the library: addressing the changing needs of students and faculty in the age of online learning.  Mariellen F. Calter, Stanford University, Stanford, CA, USA.

The opportunities and challenges of MOOCs : viewpoints of Asia countries.  Joyce Chen, National Taiwan Normal University, Taipei, Taiwan.


Hot Topics in Academic and Research Libraries Session

Session 151 – Tuesday 20 August, 16:00-18:00, Session Room 3

Convergence of open access, open knowledge, and open innovation: towards libraries as an open knowledge service platform – Xialon Zhang (National Science Library, Beijing, China)

That was then, this is now.  A new era of research support.  Jenny Ellis (University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia)

Using social media to build an engaged community.  Gulcin Cribb and Yuyun Wirawati Ishak (Singapore Management University, Singapore)

An age of un-discovery?: copyright, curiosity and scholarly access to information in a digital world.  Ellen Broad (International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions, The Hague, Netherlands)


The recipients of the 2013 Attendance Grant will receive their award at the Hot Topics session.  The Award, with generous sponsorship by ExLibris and Sage, is awarded to three information professionals from each of these regions: Africa, Latin America / Caribbean and Asia/Pacific Region. 


Open access and research conference 2013 – Brisbane, Australia

Queensland University of Technology is hosting the Open Access and Research Conference 2013 in Brisbane, from 31 October to 1 November.

The event will be an opportunity to take stock of recent developments in Open Access, and to discuss the strategic advantages these bring to the research sector moving forward. The conference theme ‘Discovery, Impact and Innovation’ examines these developments and looks ahead, to how these emerging systems of scholarly communication can maximise impact and help realise the full benefits of public research worldwide.

The program includes speakers from the United States, Europe, Asia and Australia, as well as a number of thematic sessions focusing on issues such as advocacy, alternative metrics, open data and open access publishing.

For more information and to register, go to


Announcement of Panelists – Social media strategy in academic libraries workshop, 17 August 2013.


You are invited to join us for a half day workshop on “Social media strategy in academic libraries – Implementation experience at Nanyang Technological University (NTU) Libraries with the Academic and Research Libraries Section” on 17th August 2013, Saturday from 9:00am – 12:30pm at NTU Libraries.

The workshop, to be held at Nanyang Technological University [NTU], will include a panel of international librarians.  The panelists will share their experiences in implementing social media and the challenges faced.  Details of the panelists are:

Mike Berrington is Deputy University Librarian (Customer Services) at Nottingham Trent University (United Kingdom) where he has overall responsibility for all customer facing services. Mike is a post-graduate qualified librarian with more than 20 years’ experience in academic libraries and has presented nationally and internationally on a wide range of library management and technology related topics.

Janet Fletcher is the Director, Information Services at University of New South Wales Australia. She leads a large team of staff with a key focus in providing research and publishing support services to academic and research staff.  Such a focus has required the Library to design support services for students that do not require substantial staff time.  This includes installing physical and online self-service facilities to access and use the Library’s resources, facilities and services.  The Library has also found success in engaging with large cohorts of students via social media networks established across the University.

Gillian Nowlan is a Liaison Librarian for music, education, and media production & studies at the University of Regina. Gillian has been involved in the creation and management of the University of Regina Library’s social media accounts. She has also constructed policies detailing procedures for social media usage at the Library, and has worked closely with the University’s Social Media Committee to create best practices for social media use in an academic environment.   Gillian has presented at international conferences and has been awarded the Canadian Library Association Emerging Leader Award for her leadership and dedication to the profession. Her research interests include mobile technologies, information literacy, and social media and its applications in academic libraries and higher education.

Jarmo Saarti is the Library Director at the University of Eastern Finland Library and adjunct professor in the University of Oulu.  He has been the chair of the board of the National Repository Library in Finland and a member of the board of the National Library of Finland. He is specialized in the knowledge organization of fiction and in the management of libraries. His publications include more than 200 papers and he has written or edited about 30 books.

More details about the workshop can be found here:

To register for this free workshop, please visit

Agile management: strategies for achieving success in rapidly changing times — Knowledge Management with Academic and Research Libraries

You are invited to attend the joint session of Knowledge Management and Academic & Research Libraries at the IFLA World Library and Information Congress – Singapore.  The session is scheduled 9:30-12:45 on Monday 19 August.

Five papers will be presented – full details are below.

Paper 1 – Who is looking are your e-journals?  Telling tales about the Keepers Registry and your digital shelves

Peter Burnhill – EDINA, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, UK

Françoise Pelle – ISSN International Centre / Centre International de l’ISSN, Paris, France

Abstract: The key task for research libraries is to ensure access to the scholarly and cultural record. A significant and growing proportion of that is in digital format and much is found on the Web – and not on the shelves of libraries. This raises important questions about the archival responsibility of libraries and publishers. Our purpose is to report on the current situation of e-journal preservation, on what is being archived and what is at risk of loss. We also indicate strategies that can be considered to meet an international challenge that requires recognition of mutual inter-dependence across the globe. The literature that is consulted and required by researchers in one country will often have been published by researchers in another country.

 The first (and easiest) priority for research libraries is to focus on e-journals and take prompt and strategic action, both to avoid loss in the short term and to establish means to assess progress towards the (achievable) goal of ensuring that there is complete and effective e-preservation plans for all of our e-journal content. This is assisted by The Keepers Registry,, which provides a lens onto the extent of e-journal archiving as the leading archiving agencies report what they have ingested. The sustainability of archiving activity, and the means to monitor that activity, is of major strategic importance.

A related priority is to tackle the variety of ‘serial issues’ that can improve the effectiveness of archiving and monitoring. These include identification (e.g. ISSN and ISSN-L) of all types of continuing resources, particularly journals but also ongoing ‘integrating resources’ such as databases and Web sites; the consistent naming and identification of publishers (e.g. ISNI); and the continuing need for a universal holdings statement for assurance that each and every volume and issue has been successfully archived. 

Paper 2 – Opportunities and Challenges of MOOCS: Perspectives From Asia

Joyce Chao-chen Chen – Professor and University Librarian, National Taiwan Normal University

Abstract:  The recent growth of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) has led to discussions of technology-based instruction revolutionizing traditional higher-education teaching.  Here we analyze the origin of MOOCs, as well as trends in education initiated by these courses, and compare them with OpenCourseWare (OCW), YouTube EDU, iTunes U. Specifically, this paper will discuss the opportunities and challenges presented by MOOCs, from the perspective of Asian countries, with reference to economics, culture, language, and instruction. 

Bio: Joyce Chao-chen Chen is a professor of the Graduate Institute of Library and Information Studies, and also as the University Librarian of National Taiwan Normal University. She received Ph.D. degree in Department of Library and Information Science from National Taiwan University in 1994. Prof. Chen was the organizer of IASL 2007 Annual Conference in Taipei and the member of the Research Team, IASL Research SIG. She is the former president of Library Association of Taiwan and now is the President of Interlibrary Cooperation Association. She is also as the standing committee of Academic and Research Libraries Section of IFLA, 2011-2015. Prof. Chen’s research area includes digital libraries, information organization, e-publishing, reading studies.

Paper 3 – MOOCs and the Library: Engaging with Evolving Pedagogy

Mariellen Calter – Assistant University Librarian & Chief of Staff, Stanford University Libraries, Stanford University, Stanford, California, USA.

Abstract:  The emergence of the Massively Open Online Course, or MOOC, has been a topic of considerable analysis and discussion in academic circles in recent years, and is not infrequently mentioned as a disruptive technology in higher education.  As Stanford University has been prominent in the development of MOOC platforms, both the university as a whole and the Stanford University Libraries have a particular interest in understanding the potential for and impacts of this platform.  This paper briefly outlines the emergence of MOOCs within the context of online learning tools and distance learning, looks at how Stanford University as a whole, and the Stanford Libraries in particular, are integrating these technologies in their pedagogy. 

 Bio:  Mimi Calter is Assistant University Librarian and Chief of Staff for the Stanford University Libraries.  In that role, she serves as a policy coordinator for the organization, with a particular emphasis on copyright policy and copyright education.  She managed the development of the Stanford Copyright Renewal Database, and is responsible for the intellectual property rights for the works of William Saroyan, which are owned by the library.  She also manages the  Libraries’ facilities department, where she is responsible for several construction projects in the library system.

Paper 4 – Agile Management: Strategies for Success in Rapidly Changing Times – an Australian University Library Perspective

Andrew Wells – UNSW Library, University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia.

AbstractThis paper explores the concept of agile management, revealing multiple meanings for the term.  Notable innovations and developments in Australian university libraries reflect conscious (or possibly not) applications of agile management techniques.  As a case study, changes at The University of New South Wales Library are examined in the light of agile management concepts.

Bio: Andrew Wells is the University Librarian at The University of New South Wales.  Over the years Andrew has overseen major changes to the University Library’s services, organisation and buildings.  He has taken a strong interest in improving facilities and steering the Library through a period of rapid changes in scholarly information.

 Andrew has held senior positions in several major Australian libraries.  Prior to joining UNSW, Andrew was the Assistant Director General, Resource Sharing Division at the National Library of Australia (1996-2001).  At the State Library of New South Wales, he occupied senior positions in a variety of roles, building on major periods of service at the University of Queensland Library, Macquarie University Library and a previous stint at UNSW Library from 1982 to 1986.

Andrew has been active in the library profession through his involvement in a wide range of committees, professional bodies and activities. He was the President of the Council of Australian University Librarians from 2007 to 2009 and is Chairperson of CEIRC (CAUL Electronic Information Resources Committee) for 2006 and 2007. He resumed this position again in 2010.
He was a mentor for the Aurora Leadership Institute for four consecutive years from 2003 to 2006.  Andrew has been a member of the Board of Intersect, NSW’s e-research organisation.  He is currently the Chair of the Board of CAVAL, a library services company based in Victoria. Other memberships include the JSTOR Library Advisory Board, OCLC Asia Pacific Regional Council and OCLC Global Council.
In 2011, Andrew was awarded the Fellowship of the Australian Library and Information Association.

Paper 5 – From Search to Discovery

Tamar Sadeh, PhD – Ex Libris

Abstract: The transition from library catalogs and scholarly databases to discovery systems introduces a fundamental shift in the information-seeking process. Coupled with an engaging and friendly user interface, the expansion of the search scope to the vast universe of scholarly materials—regardless of where they are, what format they are in, and whether the library owns them or subscribes to them—has been embraced by users, as search statistics have shown.

Although discovery systems provide access to an information landscape that is large and diverse, they typically offer, as the default option, simple, Google-like searching, accommodating the expectations of today’s users. With this type of searching, many queries yield large result sets; therefore, discovery systems focus on relevance ranking and on providing tools that help users easily navigate and refine the result sets. Librarians have welcomed the advances in discovery services for their users. However, this new reality poses challenges to the practices that librarians have developed over the years and, in some cases, is at odds with librarians’ systematic, controlled approach to searching.

In this session, we will look at the changes in information-seeking practices and discuss ways in which librarians can leverage their expertise and well-established tools to adapt to the new reality and contribute to improving the new tools that are available to their users.

Columbia University Libraries hosts successful assessment mini-conference

Columbia University Libraries/Information Services (CUL/IS) hosted its first assessment and service improvement mini-conference on Thursday, June 20th, 2013. The event, organized by the CUL/IS Assessment Program, was structured as an interactive poster session and included a diverse presentation of topics and methods from various CUL/IS divisions and affiliated libraries that demonstrated a deep commitment to service quality assessment and data-driven decision making.

More details at:  Columbia University Libraries News & Events

Economic evaluation of the British Library

The British Library has undertaken an economic evaluation of its services to determine how it generates economic value for its users and the wider public.  It found that the economic value the Library delivers for society is £5 for every £1 invested.

The study, published in 2013, shows how the Library is valued by researchers, business, academics, schools and visitors as well as those who do not use its services directly. The full report and executive summary is available for download.

This evaluation updates a similar study from 2004.  The documents associated with that study are also available for download.  More details here.

Inspiring research, inspiring scholarship: the value and benefits of digitised resources for learning, teaching, research and enjoyment

A new report released by King’s Digital Consultancy Service, written by Simon Tanner.   The research is the product of a JISC funded project to investigate the values, benefits and impacts of digitised resources.

This document draws evidence from a wide number of sources and seeks to provide a compelling account of the advantages of digitised content. The aim is to provide key information and strong exemplars for the following primary stakeholders:

  • Memory institutions and cultural heritage organisations such as libraries, museums and archives.
  • Holders and custodians of special collections.
  • Managers, project managers and fundraisers who are seeking to justify further investment in digitised resources.
  • Academics looking to establish digital projects and digital scholarship collaborations with collection owners.
  • Publishing, media and business sectors which may be considering the best means to collaborate and align with collection owners, with academia or memory institutions.

There is a high level, shorter, visually rich version of this document aimed at strategic, political, policy making stakeholders.

Source:  KDCS