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Prium Vienna 2008 Seissl Site Visit


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New challenges for university libraries, by Maria Seissl

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Prium Vienna 2008 Seissl Site Visit

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