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Prium Vienna 2008 Seissl Site Visit

Prium Vienna 2008 Seissl Site Visit



New challenges for university libraries, by Maria Seissl

New challenges for university libraries, by Maria Seissl



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    • New challenges for university libraries Maria Seissl Vienna University Library and Archive Services
    • Vienna University Library and Archive Services
      • 50 libraries covering all areas of teaching and research at Vienna University
      • Vienna University Archive
      • Print holdings: 6.6 million volumes
      • Digital holdings: vast and rapidly growing collection of e-ressources (e-journals, databases, e-books)
      • Seach gateways: Library website, online-catalogue, SFX, Metalib
      • 56.000 active users
      • open to the general public
      • 300 staff
    • Challenges
      • Due to recent changes in university legislation university libraries are part of the university and no longer answering directly the ministry
      • Where there was great uniformity, diversity and competition have been introduced
      • Joint ventures have become more difficult because bilateral agreements are necessary and cooperative funding has to be raised
      • University libraries face price increases without increases of their budget and allowances for currency inflation
      • E-Journal delivery to desktop is now standard – need to acquire publisher backfiles has high priority
      • (University) libraries are constantly in need of space
    • On a larger scale
      • Open Access
        • recommendations of European University Association UEA on open access
          • http://www.eua.be/fileadmin/user_upload/files/Policy_Positions/Recommendations_Open_Access_adopted_by_the_EUA_Council_on_26th_of_March_2008_final.pdf
      • Long-term preservation of digital assets (but also of paper-based documents)
      • Mass digitisation
    • Opportunities
        • RAD – Research and Activities Documentation
        • Development of a digital asset management system: PHAIDRA (Permanent Hosting, Archiving and Indexing of Digital Resources and Assets)
        • Workflow synergies for plagiarism check and theses database
        • Take part in EU-projects
        • Take an active role in research evaluation (bibliometrics)
        • Continuing professional development
      • New role of libraries in the information world
        • push content to users – make libraries meeting places, thereby binding students to the universities