Parallel sessions: The scholarly library 2025

The system-wide library in 2025
Titia van der Werf, Senior Program Officer, OCLC Research

Scholarly libraries are embedded in an increasingly complex network of information supply and demand. How are libraries re-arranging their collections and services within this changing network environment? What guides institutions in their sourcing and scaling choices as they seek maximum impact and efficient service delivery? This session will be looking ten years ahead and explore areas where libraries are likely to move services beyond campus (e.g. national-level, group-level, web), the drivers behind such movements and sustainability issues.

Titia will introduce the discussion and draw on the work of OCLC Research, in particular the “Understanding the system-wide library”- activity, which aims to provide evidence and insight to libraries and help them develop strategies for cooperative resource sharing and shared capacities development.

A discussion will follow about the conditions that can help libraries move forward and plan ahead.

 

The future of bibliometrics
Philip Purnell, Customer Education and Thought Leadership Manager, Thomson Reuters

The field of bibliometrics has developed very recently and is considered a fast changing discipline. The immediate future holds significant options for national and institutional approaches to using bibliometrics, efforts by statisticians to improve the validity and reliability of results thereby creating new bibliometric indicators, growing options of data sources and research output formats to increase the representation of certain communities, alternative metrics that give a more instant indicator of social impact and new improved mapping methods allowing the amateur bibliometrician to produce colourful visualisations of their field within a few hours. Perhaps the most interesting of all will be the budding interest being aroused in industry in academic sector which holds promise for early identification of new trends and changing recruiting and collaboration practises.

 

Space planning and the reinvention of the library?
Oliver Pritchard, Assistant Director, Student & Learning Support, University of Sunderland, Andrew Kane, Partner and Higher Education Sector Lead, FaulknerBrowns Architects and Steve Dickson, Senior Director for Interiors and Workplace Design, FaulknerBrowns Architects

This session will offer an opportunity to explore, discuss and debate the future shape of our libraries and learning spaces. Key inputs will include the underpinning drivers and challenges and how current and future trends in library design can support learning, teaching and research. Particular focus will be given to adaptable/flexible spaces to meet new and changing demand, the culture of space use, shifts in approaches to pedagogy and design trends in other library sectors.

 

What a difference a web makes - blended learning and the library
Fiona Harvey, Vice-Chair, ALT and Education Development Manager, Institute for Learning Innovation and Development (ILIaD), University of Southampton and Jane Stephenson, Head of Library and Information Services National Oceanography Centre and Head of Library Services for the Faculties of Engineering and the Environment, Natural and Environmental Sciences and Physical Sciences and Engineering, University of Southampton

With knowledge everywhere, the world of information literacy has become much more than sourcing information but is now part of a much bigger picture of digital literacies. Librarians’ roles have changed and need to change to become more relevant for the digital age. They no longer just provide a sign post for physical knowledge but they have become the facilitator for providing advice and guidance around the use of a range of tools to support the student experience through virtual means. The term ‘blended learning’ has been widely used to describe how through a mixture of online and face to face teaching, and libraries are no exception. More and more information technology has been adopted by librarians to enhance their role.

Fiona Harvey (Vice Chair of the Association for Learning Technology & Education Development Manager, Institute for Learning Innovation and Development, University of Southampton) and Jane Stephenson (Head of Library and Information Services National Oceanography Centre and Head of Library Services for the Faculties of Engineering and the Environment, Natural and Environmental Sciences and Physical Sciences and Engineering, University of Southampton Waterfront Campus) will talk about how blended learning and digital literacies skills are essential for librarians and how they can be used to support the development of skills for students. Jane Stephenson and Fiona Harvey will also share their vision for blended learning within the library context at the University of Southampton