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  • 1. Online Information 2009 – Theatre C E volving the Academic Librarian into the Digital Future Mary Joan Crowley, DiSG Library, Sapienza University of Rome. Member of CIBER.
  • 2. When we lived in modern times
    • Changing scholarship and education in 21st century
    • Be both behind and ahead of our times
    • Ensure continuity with previous generations and needs of a modern academic library
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  • 3. Notes from the past
    • Oldest degree-granting university dates to 859
    • By 1400 about 40 universities in Europe
    • By 2000 about 4000 HE institutions
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  • 4.
    • University libraries a late developer
    • Most emerged in the late 1600’s early 1700’s
    • A vital and unique institution in the university
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  • 5. Academic library – mission to date
    • The academic library has come to guarantee the organized collection of printed and/or other content, provide a staff trained to support the learning, teaching and research needs and output of the university and community, offer an agreed schedule in which services are available, and ensure the physical facilities necessary to support this.
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  • 6. Transition: the diffuse or hybrid library
    • Information everywhere
    • Desktop access often unmediated by the library
    • Diminished need to visit the library as place
    • Downward trend in on-site usage
    • Our added value no longer valued
    • Empty stacks/paperless library
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  • 7. 29/04/10 Online Information Mary Joan Crowley Charles Darwin 'It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change ”
  • 8. Not afraid to experiment Failure is not a crime !
    • From Opacs to Sopacs
    • Restyled webpages
    • Web 2.0 tools to break down the barriers
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  • 9. Losing users in the Catalogues
    • From static to more interactive systems
    • For end users delivery more important than discovery
    • Software to overlay or replace traditional Opacs
    • Easier filter information from all forms of content
    • Enhanced content - faceted searching, relevancy searching, did you mean, recommenders, reviews, book jackets, tags…..
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  • 11. 23 library things: collaborate, communicate, converse and share 29/04/10 Online Information Mary Joan Crowley
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  • 13. New Ways to Deliver Library Data 29/04/10 Online Information Mary Joan Crowley
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  • 15. Library web sites – usability, functionality and design 29/04/10 Online Information Mary Joan Crowley
  • 16. Whatever affects higher education affects academic libraries 29/04/10 Online Information Mary Joan Crowley
  • 17. Economic retrenchment
    • Endowments have dried up
    • Research funding slashed
    • Currency fluctuations
    • Sanctions against universities that breach government requirements
    • Q. Who bears the brunt ?
    • A. Libraries of course !
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  • 18.
    • We expect significant and widespread cuts in budget levels for libraries and consortia
    • These cuts will be prolonged
    • Real price reductions will be welcomed
    • Clear opt-out and/or reduction clauses
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  • 19. Publishers feeling the global pinch….no price cuts for libraries 29/04/10 Online Information Mary Joan Crowley
  • 20. Using the crisis as opportunity
    • Not by reinventing the wheel but by inheriting a great “brand” and making it relevant for the 21st century user
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  • 21. Connect with the f-generation
    • All ideas compete on an equal footing .
    • Contribution counts for more than credentials.
    • Hierarchies are natural , not prescribed.
    • Leaders serve rather than preside.
    • Tasks are chosen, not assigned.
    • Groups are self-defining and -organizing.
    • Resources get attracted , not allocated.
    • Power comes from sharing information , not hoarding it.
    • Opinions compound and decisions are peer-reviewed.
    • Users can veto most policy decisions.
    • Intrinsic rewards matter most.
    • Hackers are heroes.
    • Source http://blogs.msdn.com/stevecla01/archive/2009/03/30/generation-f.aspx
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  • 22. Engage with new forms of scholarly communication
    • Library’s role to optimise access to content and face challenges posed by:
    • Open Access
    • Sharing of research data through social networking
    • Collaboratory environments and increasingly interdisciplinary nature of academic research
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  • 23. Be involved in Preservation and Digital rights issues
    • Create a preservation map for the university
    • Establish priorities and cooperate
    • Organise archival repositories
    • Develop leadership in standing up for legal rights regarding ownership and sources of scholarship
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  • 24. Monitor Usage
    • Usage statistics to inform decisions on collections
    • Need to have, not just a nice to have
    • Usage is instrumental when making cost reductions
    • Examine user behaviour
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  • 25. Market culture
    • Move to where our users are
    • Define and Divulge our core services in a combination of virtual and physical spaces
    • Facilitate use of discovery and visualisation tools
    • for exposing data
    • Branding
    • Metadata
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  • 26. Share resources and be resourceful
    • Encourage different uses of our spaces
    • Use freed up spaces as a bargaining tool
    • Collaborate with other institutions on resource sharing – collections, digitisation…
    • When money is tight, everything is negotiable !
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  • 27. Liaise and connect
    • Need for librarians and library users to be involved in decision process
    • Share values to inform decisions
    • Together with faculty and students to enable the learning mission of our institutions.
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  • 28. The Continuing Metamorphosis of the Library 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. 29/04/10 Online Information Mary Joan Crowley an integrated set 99999of networked services that allow the end-user to discover, access, use and publish digital and physical resources as part of their learning and research activities
  • 29. Grazie !*
    • Mary Joan Crowley
    • DiSG Biblioteca, Sapienza Università di Roma
    • Member of Caspur-Ciber
    • [email_address]
    • * Images uploaded from web for educational purposes
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