Library futures: University of Oxford


We need to shape the skills of library staff to meet user needs while maintaining specialist knowledge, says Richard OvendenThe Bodleian is more than just a university library – it is first and foremost an institution that supports research and learning for our own scholarly community in Oxford. But it also serves as a national library, with major obligations for preservation and dissemination of knowledge. Continue reading... Technology | The Guardian Read more [...]

Library futures: American University of Nigeria, Nigeria


Open access and libraries centred around online learning and research are key in developing countries, says Amed Demirhan Since the library of the American University of Nigeria (AUN) was established in 2005, it has greatly expanded its services for the university community and pushed forward its goal of developing an e-learning strategy.This focus on e-resources has increased access opportunities for users, as all resources are now available 24/7, regardless of location. In 2012, we saw a dramatic Read more [...]

Library futures: New York University


Well-designed space is one of the most important services an academic library can offer, says Carol MandelNew York University (NYU) has invested deep and creative thought to becoming a global network university — a university in which an internationally diverse community of students and faculty circulate easily and productively throughout a rich network of sites, portal campuses, and research institutes around the world. This vision drives our global library service objective: a seamless library Read more [...]

Library futures: Tama Art University, Japan


A university library designed by a world-leading architect inspires and challenges in equal measure, says Hidemi KondoTama Art University's new Hachioji library designed by Toyo Ito, winner of the 2013 Pritzker Prize, was completed in 2007. The building, constructed of reinforced concrete arches and glass, is a dramatic symbol of the university's commitment to the spirit of 'freedom and will' which we see underpinning all creative art. Hisui Sugiura – the founding president of our university in Read more [...]