The library as a multidimensional space in the digital age
01 Jan 2016-Information Research: An International Electronic Journal-Vol. 21, Iss: 1
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TL;DR: The use of data compiled from different sources, such as statistics and assessing user experience, is used as a tool for analysing the effectiveness of the library’s economic resources and how this has effected on the use of the libraries.
Abstract: Purpose The recent changes in the knowledge economy and scientific knowledge dissemination have put academic libraries in a new situation. The demand for open access of scientific publications and the increasing amount of documents published need a new paradigm in the collection policies and collection building strategies of the academic libraries. At the same time the resources allocated to the academic institutions have been decreasing which has caused the need to reallocate the resources in the collection building and management as effectively as possible. The purpose of this paper is to analyse how the use of data compiled from different sources, such as statistics and assessing user experience, as a tool for analysing the effectiveness of the library’s economic resources and how this has effected on the use of the libraries. Design/methodology/approach Statistical and trend analysis based on Finnish academic library collections database. Findings The Finnish academic libraries have made a rapid transition to the digital dissemination of documents. At the same time the national services have enabled the long-time preservation of less used printed materials and have enabled the libraries to save premise costs. Research limitations/implications Modeling the findings to other countries maybe difficult because of the specific characteristics of the Finnish academic environment. Practical implications Gives examples on managing the shift from a printed to a digital library. Originality/value Evidence based tools for collection cost management.
TL;DR: In this article, the authors check in the libraries of the universities of Madrid and Catalonia if they offer the use of some of their spaces as a library service, and a questionnaire is sent to the libraries that do not have this information.
Abstract: The purpose of this work is to check in the libraries of the universities of Madrid and Catalonia if they offer the use of some of their spaces as a library service. The information of the websites of the libraries is studied and a questionnaire is sent to the libraries that do not have this information. The analyzed aspects are: quantity and variety of spaces, use or not of the websites to promote the offer of this type of services, location of this information on the websites and content provided. Among the results of the analysis of the 30 universities studied, it has been proven, for example, that 23 universities offer some of their library spaces as a service, of which 20 indicate it on the websites of the libraries; that the variety of spaces offered includes 26 different types, highlighting for their greater presence the space for group work (21 universities), individual and / or silence work spaces (12 universities) or computer spaces (10 universities), etc.
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