The academic library - a 21st century mission


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The academic library - a 21st century mission

  1. 1. Spring eventThe academic library – a 21st century missionMary Joan Crowley, DiSG Library, Sapienza University of Rome. Member of CASPUR-CIBER.<br />
  2. 2. 27/04/2010<br />Spring Event Mary Joan Crowley<br />
  3. 3. 27/04/2010<br />Spring Event Mary Joan Crowley<br />When we lived in modern times<br />Changing scholarship and education in 21st century<br />Be both behind and ahead of our times<br />Ensure continuity with previous generations and needs of a modern academic library<br />
  4. 4. 27/04/2010<br />Spring Event Mary Joan Crowley<br />University libraries a late developer<br />Most emerged in the late 1600’s early 1700’s<br />Have acquired a vital and unique institution in the university<br />
  5. 5. 27/04/2010<br />Spring Event Mary Joan Crowley<br />Academic library – mission to date<br />Guarantee the organized collection, delivery and preservationof printed and other content<br />Provide a staff trained to support the learning, teaching and research needs and output of the university and community <br />Offer an agreed schedule in which services are available<br />Ensure the physical facilities necessary to support this<br />
  6. 6. 27/04/2010<br />Spring Event Mary Joan Crowley<br />Whatever affects higher education affects academic libraries<br />
  7. 7. Adventof the web<br />In 1990 the web was just getting started<br />In 2000 our consortiums were grappling with the first online journals and how to deliver them to our users’ pcs<br />In 2010, content, only a fraction of which libraries handle, can be delivered literally into the palm of their hand<br />27/04/2010<br />Spring Event Mary Joan Crowley<br />
  8. 8. 27/04/2010<br />Spring Event Mary Joan Crowley<br />Transition: the diffuse library<br />Information everywhere by everybody<br />Desktop access often unmediated by the library<br />Diminished need to visit the library as place<br />Downward trend in on-site usage<br />Our added value no longer valued<br />Empty stacks/paperless library<br />
  9. 9. Changedperspectivesoflibraryasplace<br />Blogs, wikis, podcasts, vidcasts, webinars, RSS, share, Flickr, Picassa, YouTube, Facebook, Google Books, Amazon, social bookmarking, tagging, user-drivencontent, rating and recommenders, digitisedcontent, Open Access, “wisdomofcrowds”, differentuserbehaviours, wantitnow/wantit free, mobile devices…andmuchmore…..<br />27/04/2010<br />Spring Event Mary Joan Crowley<br />
  10. 10. Loss of direction<br />27/04/2010<br />Spring Event Mary Joan Crowley<br />
  11. 11.<br />FACULTY SURVEY 2009<br />Discovery and the Evolving Role of the Library<br />The Format Transition for Scholarly Works<br />Scholarly Communications<br />27/04/2010<br />Spring Event Mary Joan Crowley<br />
  12. 12. “Unfortunately, when it comes time to cut budgets, often libraries are first to be cut.”<br />27/04/2010<br />Spring Event Mary Joan Crowley<br />
  13. 13. 27/04/2010<br />Spring Event Mary Joan Crowley<br />Using the crisis as opportunity<br />Not by reinventing the wheel, but by inheriting a great “brand” and making it relevant for the 21st century user<br />
  14. 14. Librariescan lead the way<br />Mustaddressbarrierstochange<br />Can conquertechnicaldeficiencies<br />Cannot go it alone<br />Needfor a collaborative approach and more liaison withall the players<br />27/04/2010<br />Spring Event Mary Joan Crowley<br />
  15. 15. Librariansmustbecome more 2.0 literate<br />Sadly, buttrue, the libraryismostlyusedas a placeofstudy and Google isusedtosearch<br />Mustlearntoconnectwith the 21st centuryuser<br />Put the librarywherethey are<br />How?<br />27/04/2010<br />Spring Event Mary Joan Crowley<br />
  16. 16. Social technologyforlibrarians<br /><br /><br /><br /><br />27/04/2010<br />Spring Event Mary Joan Crowley<br />
  17. 17. 27/04/2010<br />Spring Event Mary Joan Crowley<br />
  18. 18. 27/04/2010<br />Spring Event Mary Joan Crowley<br />23 library things: collaborate, communicate, converse and share<br />
  19. 19. Notbeafraidtoexperiment !<br />27/04/2010<br />Spring Event Mary Joan Crowley<br />
  20. 20. 27/04/2010<br />Spring Event Mary Joan Crowley<br />Engage with the growing social media<br />
  21. 21. Facilitate 21st centuryliteracies<br />Ourusers are great on downloading fromYouTube, Facebook and Google, butthey are notnaturallybornresearchers<br />Needour expertise toknowwhengoodenoughreallyisgoodenough !<br />27/04/2010<br />Spring Event Mary Joan Crowley<br />
  22. 22. Get out frombehind the desk<br />Join the Youtubeconversation<br />Podcastsfor info on the go<br />Assistance and answersavailableusing sms and IM<br />Intensive face-to-facesessionswhereversuits best<br />27/04/2010<br />Spring Event Mary Joan Crowley<br />
  23. 23. Planfor a handheld world<br />Phonesnowusedas web browsers, databases, retrieval interface, storage, readers…<br />Ourusersconsumecontentwhile on the move, at dinner, or in bed<br />Will wanttouse some ofourservices in this way<br />27/04/2010<br />Spring Event Mary Joan Crowley<br /><br />
  24. 24. 27/04/2010<br />Spring Event Mary Joan Crowley<br />
  25. 25. 27/04/2010<br />Spring Event Mary Joan Crowley<br />Q. Losing users in the Catalogues ?A. Try the Sopac !<br />From static to more interactive systems<br />For end users delivery more important than discovery <br />Software to overlay or replace traditional Opacs<br />Easier filter information from all forms of content<br />Enhanced content - faceted searching, relevancy searching, did you mean, recommenders, reviews, book jackets, tags….. <br />
  26. 26. 27/04/2010<br />Spring Event Mary Joan Crowley<br />
  27. 27. 27/04/2010<br />Spring Event Mary Joan Crowley<br />Embed library resources<br />
  28. 28. Expandourcore business<br />Provide a supportiveenvironmentforgeographicallydistributedresearchersworking in collaboratory interdisciplinary environments<br />Metadatacreationenablingbetterdiscoverability<br />Have a role in the researchassessmentprocess<br />Monitor usage and userbehaviour<br />Oldbooks and e-books<br />27/04/2010<br />Spring Event Mary Joan Crowley<br />
  29. 29. Rethinking the libraryrole in scholarlycommunication<br />Supportshiftfrompurchasedcontentto Open Access<br />Facilitate e-scholarlypublishing<br />LiaisebetweenFaculty and the InstitutionalRepository<br />Receive, Describe, Preserve and Curate informalcommunications, data sharing, classroompresentations, preprints, technicalreports, workingpapers, disserations, articles, books …<br />27/04/2010<br />Spring Event Mary Joan Crowley<br />
  30. 30. 27/04/2010<br />Spring Event Mary Joan Crowley<br />“To every cow belongs her calf, therefore to every book belongs its copy”<br />Develop leadership in standing up for legal rights <br />regarding ownership and sources of scholarship <br />
  31. 31. 27/04/2010<br />Spring Event Mary Joan Crowley<br />Share resources and be resourceful<br />Encourage different uses of our spaces<br />Use freed up spaces as a bargaining tool<br />Collaborate with other institutions on resource sharing – collections, digitisation, off-site storage…<br />When money is tight, everything is negotiable !<br />
  32. 32. 27/04/2010<br />Spring Event Mary Joan Crowley<br />Pursue a market culture<br />Define and Divulge our core services in a combination of virtual and physical spaces – Facebook event, YouTube tour, Cafeteria…<br />Facilitate use of discovery and visualisation tools <br /> for exposing data<br />Branding and Networking <br />Fund-raising, philanthropy….<br />
  33. 33. The Continuing Metamorphosis of the Library<br />At the heart of the research and education workflow, organising the community’s knowledge, through an integrated system of networked and traditional resources, and making it accessible and useful to a democratic society throughout a process of lifelong learning. <br />set 99999 services that allow the end-user to discover,<br />access, use and publish digit<br />
  34. 34. 27/04/2010<br />Spring Event Mary Joan Crowley<br />Grazie !*<br />Mary Joan Crowley<br />DiSGBiblioteca, SapienzaUniversitàdi Roma<br />Member of Caspur-Ciber<br /><br />*all images uploaded for educational purposes<br />
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