Beyond the Boundaries: Academic Library Co-Operation in Scotland


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  • Beyond the Boundaries: Academic Library Co-Operation in Scotland

    1. 1. Higher Education Academic Library Development in Scotland Gillian Anderson UHI Millennium Institute Twin Cities 2009
    2. 2. <ul><li>Northern third of the land mass of </li></ul><ul><li>Great Britain </li></ul><ul><li>over 790 islands, c. 90 inhabited </li></ul><ul><li>Population c. 5.2m and rising </li></ul><ul><li>Edinburgh is the capital, but </li></ul><ul><li>Glasgow is the largest city </li></ul><ul><li>Has her own education and legal </li></ul><ul><li>systems </li></ul><ul><li>Scottish Government has wider </li></ul><ul><li>powers than devolved government </li></ul><ul><li>in Wales </li></ul><ul><li>Free residential care for the elderly </li></ul><ul><li>and excellent NHS provision </li></ul>ALBA
    3. 6. <ul><li>Long history of higher education, commenced 1411 </li></ul><ul><li>15 Higher Education Institutions serve a population of 5.2m </li></ul><ul><li>plus international customers </li></ul><ul><li>1 % of the world's published research with less than 0.1% of </li></ul><ul><li>the world's population. HEI’s account for nine per cent of </li></ul><ul><li>Scotland's service sector exports </li></ul><ul><li>Range of provision: Research intensive to Widening </li></ul><ul><li>participation </li></ul><ul><li>‘ Mass’ participation (46 % of school leavers) </li></ul>Some facts about HE
    4. 7. How are we doing? <ul><li>Participation in HE is above OECD and UK averages </li></ul><ul><li>% workforce with degrees rising (23%); those with no </li></ul><ul><li>qualifications falling (10%) </li></ul><ul><li>Scotland performs very well academically </li></ul><ul><li>‘ Productivity’ has risen (1991 – 2001) (funding v. number of </li></ul><ul><li>students educated) </li></ul>
    5. 8. Student Completion Rates
    6. 9. Scottish Universities The ancients (15 th/ 16 th centuries): St Andrews, Aberdeen, Glasgow, Edinburgh The chartered universities (1960s): Strathclyde, Heriot Watt, Dundee, Stirling The post-1992 universities : Abertay, Paisley, Robert Gordon’s, Napier, Glasgow Caledonian 2006 : Queen Margaret University 2008 : University of the West of Scotland 2012? : University of the Highlands & Islands
    7. 10. University of St Andrews <ul><li>Scotland’s oldest university, 1411 and third oldest in </li></ul><ul><li>English speaking world </li></ul><ul><li>Research Intensive (RAE 5 / 5+) </li></ul><ul><li>Research led qualitative teaching </li></ul><ul><li>Small (8,000 students) but perfectly formed </li></ul><ul><li>Very highly placed in UK University League Tables </li></ul><ul><li>High percentage of international students </li></ul>
    8. 11. Distributed, federal, collegiate Comprising 15 Academic Partners <ul><li>Not- </li></ul><ul><li>Virtual </li></ul><ul><li>Distance learning </li></ul><ul><li>provider </li></ul>
    9. 12. the southwest; and from the Western Isles of the Outer Hebrides to whisky making Moray-shire. Sandy beaches, rocky shores, lochs, forests, moorland, farmland and mountain all contribute to a landscape that is unique in Europe. The Highlands & Islands of Scotland is a vast and diverse area stretching from the Shetland Isles – on a latitude with Bergen in Norway to Argyll in the
    10. 13. Covering hundreds of islands and over half of the UK's entire coastline, the Highlands region has one of the most varied eco-systems in the world. Its unspoilt countryside and diversity of habitat make it unsurpassable for a huge variety of outdoor activities from snow-boarding to canoeing to mountain trekking. Not forgetting relaxing on deserted pure-white shell beaches.
    11. 14. The Highlands & Islands contain a network of small communities each of which , in its own way, enjoys a superb quality of life. From busy bustling towns to crofting townships to quiet glens, communities are bound together by a common sense of living in peace and harmony with the landscape, and lifestyles reflect this.
    12. 15. The heritage of the Highlands & Islands is rich and diverse and ranges from the ancient, like the 5,000 year old Callanais standing stones on Lewis to the modern. The region has produced some of the UK’s brightest talents in science, music, dance and visual arts. UHI reflects this diversity in its degree and Masters courses.
    13. 16. Shetland College NAFC Marine Centre Orkney Coll. North Highland College Lews Castle . Moray Highland Theological Coll . Inverness Sabhal Mor Ostaig Lochaber Scot. Ass. M arine Science Argyll Perth The bigger lights are the UHI Academic Partner institutions … ..…and the little ones are learning centres
    14. 17. There are few other places in the world…. ... as beautiful to study in. UHI’s campuses and learning centres are located in every part of the region and the ever changing natural world is never far away. … . where you don’t have to go to a city to take part in higher education (although UHI can offer that too). Flexibility is built into courses so that studies fit into life, not the other way round.
    15. 18. There are few other places in the world… ……where the approach to learning is a breath of fresh air. Scotland’s 21st century university-to-be is an educational model that attracts increasing attention from around the world
    16. 19. Profile <ul><li>More than 6000 students on university-level courses </li></ul><ul><li>94% of Scottish origin, 57% female </li></ul><ul><li>48% over 30 years of age and 62% studying part-time </li></ul><ul><li>Quality standards equivalent to established universities </li></ul><ul><li>Developing research portfolio of international standing </li></ul>Creating the University of the Highlands and Islands Profile
    17. 20. Research specialisms <ul><li>Marine and environmental science </li></ul><ul><li>Diabetes, rural health </li></ul><ul><li>Nuclear decommissioning and renewable energy </li></ul><ul><li>Gaelic language and culture </li></ul><ul><li>Agronomy, Mountain Studies </li></ul><ul><li>Archaeology, Nordic Studies </li></ul>Creating the University of the Highlands and Islands
    18. 21. Linked by technology Use technology to overcome the tyranny of geography. APs and learning centres are part of an advanced high-speed network UK leader in using video-conferencing technology for academic delivery. Students use online learning materials and also have access to locally based study resources and support Creating the University of the Highlands and Islands
    19. 22. If Inverness = St Louis, Missippi: then - Struan in Ardnamurchan = Boise, Idaho Server room (Skye) = Bangor, Maine VLE Manager (Lewis) = Duluth, Michigan LSM and VC Master (Shetland) = Alaska How does a library service develop to support such distributed, networked teaching and learning?
    20. 23. Vision Creating the University of the Highlands and Islands Develop and deliver an integrated and innovative library service that uses advanced technology and provides a comprehensive service responsive to individual needs, and which is a credit to Scotland’s newest university.
    21. 24. Student story Creating the University of the Highlands and Islands Struan lives on the island of Barra in the Outer Hebrides An Edinburgh accountant, he moved with his wife and young family to where her family originated. He does p/t accountancy work for the local hotel and a local small business To widen his employment options, Struan is doing UHI’s MSc in Rural Resource Management.
    22. 26. Video-conferencing bridge and master
    23. 27. How to be irrelevant Creating the University of the Highlands and Islands <ul><li>Students are not interested in Boolean logic or in asking </li></ul><ul><li>a librarian how to find information </li></ul><ul><li>Students can find existing database provision too </li></ul><ul><li>complex to understand </li></ul><ul><li>Too often our databases are not where the students want </li></ul><ul><li>to work, i.e. in their VLE </li></ul><ul><li>Students need personalised, portal-ised information </li></ul><ul><li>provision </li></ul>
    24. 28. A Struan-centred service Creating the University of the Highlands and Islands <ul><li>Provide a single search box for easy access </li></ul><ul><li>Deploy technological solutions for integrated and seamless </li></ul><ul><li>searching across multiple databases and online resources </li></ul><ul><li>Improve the resource discovery experience by enhancing </li></ul><ul><li>content of catalogue records </li></ul><ul><li>Integrate library resources into the VLE to provide tailored </li></ul><ul><li>and personalised access </li></ul>
    25. 29. Struan satisfaction Creating the University of the Highlands and Islands
    26. 30. Collaboration Creating the University of the Highlands and Islands <ul><li>UHI has a presence in 7 local authority areas </li></ul><ul><li>Collaboration is critical to ensure UHI students </li></ul><ul><li>have access to resources to support studies </li></ul><ul><li>Learning centres a particular challenge </li></ul><ul><li>Different solutions for different areas </li></ul>
    27. 31. What UHI brings to the HE environment Creating the University of the Highlands and Islands <ul><li>High technological demands and provision </li></ul><ul><li>Remote personal information support </li></ul><ul><li>Challenging supplier licensing models </li></ul><ul><li>Using the tyranny of geography to push </li></ul><ul><li>boundaries </li></ul>
    28. 32. Assynt, Sutherland
    29. 33. The Academic Library Collaborative landscape <ul><li>Highly developed national collaboration and partnerships </li></ul><ul><li>S cottish C onfederation of U niversity and R esearch L ibraries </li></ul><ul><li>- Scottish Digital Library Consortium (SDLC) </li></ul><ul><li>- Scottish Higher Education Digital Library (SHEDL) </li></ul><ul><li>- Periodical and book supply: SNIPES and SCABS </li></ul><ul><li>Coordinates most academic library collaboration </li></ul><ul><li>Advocacy role with SFC and Universities Scotland </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
    30. 34. Research <ul><li>A strong research base in Scotland - </li></ul><ul><ul><li>9% of UK population/ 12% of research funds </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>high level of publication, invention patents and spin out </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>companies from UK HE </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Difficult for Scottish universities to compete with the golden </li></ul><ul><li>triangle of London, Oxbridge and Manchester </li></ul><ul><li>Lack of critical mass/ tradition of working collaboratively </li></ul><ul><li>Desire to enhance research competiveness and create </li></ul><ul><li>more attractive research environment </li></ul>
    31. 35. The Scottish Higher Education Digital Library <ul><li>Idea grew out of need to serve research pools and also </li></ul><ul><li>non - affiliated researchers </li></ul><ul><li>Under auspices of SCURL </li></ul><ul><li>Sharing resources and research facilities </li></ul><ul><li>Scottish Government “Shared Services” agenda </li></ul><ul><li>National licence for all 19 HEI’s </li></ul>
    32. 36. Tapadh Leat Diolch Gillian Anderson UHI Millennium Institute [email_address]