Networking and Innovation – part II

24 06 2009

Time has gone, and the results of the Project Day, which Solveig Bach Sandal wrote about 6 months ago, are now more explicit. The focus of the day was to network, and to generate ideas to how the co-operation between the libraries associated to Aarhus University was to be in the future. Where were our common interests, and how could we use our individual knowledge to create something new and useful to our students?

As Solveig wrote the spirit was high, and many really interesting ideas were created and discussed, some of them more feasible than others. Now four groups are established, each with a different focus. The objects of the groups are the following:

  • To play and learn

This group wishes to create a computer game which can help a student to become information literate. Inspiration is sought among librarians from all sorts of libraries, just as guidance from computer game experts and students is desired. Feedback from others will always be welcome!

  • The library as a creative learning environment

The library is a great place for learning, and more than that, learning in many different ways. The group wishes to investigate this issue, by collecting knowledge and experience of the different types of learning, that takes place in the library. By talking to different parties connected to the libraries everyday life, it will be possible to clarify these processes of learning, and find out how the libraries can facilitate learning in the best possible way.

  • Sharing knowledge on teaching

This group works on improving our way of sharing our knowledge and ideas on teaching information literacy at the libraries. Our way of supporting this is a wiki, with the web address Here the network participants can, for example, upload slide shows and other teaching material, or enter the dates for planned teaching sessions at their library, to make it possible for others to join. By doing this our activities become visible, and hopefully we can inspire each other for new ways of working with teaching. Again, new contributors to the wiki are very welcome.

  • To communicate and present our information databases to the users at Aarhus University

How can the libraries do this the best way? This is the central challenge, and the group wishes to share knowledge and competences on this issue to create the best descriptions and presentations of our information database.


The groups have all been working for some time
now, and it is my impression that all participants
are engaged, and, I think, also inspired by this
new cross-institutional co-operation. I myself
work in the group which focuses on Sharing
knowledge on teaching, and find it rewarding
to work with colleagues sharing the same
interest, and I am confident that we can all
profit from this in the future. Now the aim is to
keep the groups in progress, and this is given a
high priority by both network participants and
library management.

If any of you have experiences or comments,
maybe on the process we have been going
through, or on any of the issues described
above, we would very much like to hear them!

Have a nice summer 🙂

Kind regards,

Susanne Thrige
ASB Library, Aarhus University

Nordic Journal of Information Literacy (NORIL) – newly launched!

26 03 2009

ASB Library would like to share this news with you:

On behalf of the editorial group, Anne Sissel Hedvik Tonning, Bergen University, Norway announces the publication of first issue of  

Journal of Information Literacy (NORIL) 

The journal is free and openly accessible to all. Read more:

Best regards

Karen Harbo, ASB Library, Aarhus University


Mobile Learning

17 03 2009

At The Open University Library we are starting to explore how information literacy and library resources can be delivered using mobile technologies.  We are lucky to have a workspace, Digilab ( dedicated to new technologies where we can ‘play’ and consider what role the equipment may have in learning. 

We would be interested in anyone’s experiences of writing for mobile technologies, as it is obviously a different skill to writing for print or a computer. In partnership with the Athabasca Library Team we have created some short reminders for students wanting to refresh their evaluation skills  However, writing material intended as revision is different from delivering a whole information skills tutorial. 

Also have you had feedback from students who have studied using mobile technology?  There can be an assumption that courses should be moving towards mobile delivery, but what benefit do students really experience?

Geraldine Smith

Open University Library

LABT is moving to new standards and technologies

6 03 2009


As we are new in your community, I would like to introduce Lithuanian Academic Libraries Network (LABT) shortly. My name is Antanas Streimikis and I am a coordinator of LABT project group.


LABT is a sub-programme of the state programme Lithuanian Virtual University. LABT currently links libraries of 16 universities, 19 colleges, the Lithuanian Academy of Sciences and 22 research institutions of science and represents Lithuanian academic library consortia as such (today there are nearly 1000 librarians in LABT libraries). The main fields of activity are:


·         LABT base infrastructure

·         Lithuanian Academic e-Library (eLABa)

·         Lithuanian ETD’s DB

·         Lithuanian Science Publications DB (PDB)

·         Lithuanian academic e-publishing

·         Lithuanian Virtual Library (LVB)


The Association of Lithuanian Academic Libraries Directors and LABT project group are the main driving force of LABT. Information Technology Development Center of Kaunas University of Technology is a centre of LABT providing support and methodological guidance. We cooperate with Lithuanian National Association of Distance Education.


In 2008 we finished implementing three EU SF funded projects. While implementing them Lithuanian Academic e-Library (eLABa) was created and about 12500 full text e-documents (articles, books and master and doctoral thesis and dissertations) from 78 LABT institutions were submitted to it.


We began preparations for the conversion from UNIMARC to MARC 21. In June staff training was organized and Debora Fritz (The MARC of Quality, USA) was invited as the lecturer and 25 LABT librarians took part. 11 best qualified librarians of the group became trainers of further staff training for a duration of 4 weeks, October 2008 where about 200 LABT librarians took part. The training was transmitted in distance teaching classes and via the Internet. Every librarian from LABT had a possibility to learn.


In  February 2009, LABT converted from UNIMARC to MARC 21. At the same time LABT upgraded from Aleph 16 to Aleph 18.


On the 10th of March we are organizing a first kick-off meeting regarding the implementation of Primo® discovery and delivery solution. Primo is the software which we have chosen seeking to quickly, easily and effectively perform search and retrieval of local and remote resources, such as master and doctoral thesis, dissertations, books, journals, articles, and other digital objects.


At present our main focus is the training of library staff, aiming at well trained staff, professionally and creatively helping and serving users in the future.

New Contributor

25 02 2009

My name is Lene Hammershøi and I am the collegue who will be blogging along-side Karen Harbo. I am a learning and teaching librarian at the Library at Aarhus School of Business, Aarhus University. I am together with Karen and The  Development Group U2: Integration between library and learning in charge of planning and organizing education in information search and work with user guidance and education. I am super user to the systems RefWorks, Reference Manager and EndNote. 
Right now I am writing a masterthesis in the Master Programme Library and Information Science at the Royal School of Library and Information Science and the deadline is 25th of March.

23 02 2009


June 23-24, 2009.  Vancouver, BC Canada

We are pleased to invite you to register for the 2ND international m-Libraries Conference 2009.

This conference aims to explore and share work carried out in libraries around the world to deliver services and resources to users ‘on the move’ via a growing range of mobile and hand-held devices. The conference will bring together researchers, technical developers and library and educational practitioners to exchange experience and expertise in this dynamic service area.

The m-Libraries Conference features more than 30 international speakers and social events for an affordable early bird rate of $375 (Canadian dollars) if registered by May 15, 2009.

Our featured speakers include:

  • SIR JOHN DANIEL – President and CEO, Commonwealth of Learning
  • LORCAN DEMPSEY – Vice-President and Chief Strategist, OCLC
  • KEN BANKS – Founder of
  • CARIE PAGE – EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative Program Coordinator

June 22 is an optional pre-conference workshop day, followed on June 23-24 by a full program of keynotes, sessions, activities and social events.

To view the conference program and to register visit: Space is limited so register early!

The conference is being held on the beautiful University of British Columbia campus, situated on the edge of oceans and forests in Vancouver, BC. Vancouver is one of the world’s most popular tourist destinations and is the host city for the 2010 Winter Olympic Games. Take advantage of this natural locale by participating in our ‘be mobile’ series of outdoor and cultural tours and activities.

A number of accommodation choices are available on the UBC campus starting at the very affordable rate of $49 per night.

For more information please visit the website or contact Maeliosa Griffin at

Posted by Anna Zuñiga-Ruiz from the UOC Virtual Library

The Evolving Information Professional

3 02 2009

My colleagues and I in the Information Literacy Unit have just finished writing a new online professional development course called ‘The Evolving Information Professional’. The course provides information professionals with the opportunity to explore in detail some of the key issues and challenges facing libraries, archives and information services today.

Some of the key themes that we identified for the course are:
• mobile technologies
• user generated content
• virtual communities
• the ‘net generation’
• new kinds of publishing
• marketing and promotion of library services.

The course updates on all of these themes, and it also encourages participants to reflect on what impact these developments are having or will have on their own service and users. We felt that this was something that would benefit the whole community – we often manage to keep abreast of key developments, but rarely have the opportunity to reflect on their wider impact.

The course is online, and is equivalent to 30 hours of learning. Participants are asked to keep a learning log, and at the end to complete a work based assignment where they identify and reflect on key themes from the course for their particular information service. The course is flexible in that it can be completed in a number or days, or over a much longer time-frame of up to 18 months. You can see more information about the course on the course description page

I thought it might be interesting to include an activity from the course here, both as an example of the course material, and perhaps something for us to consider as we seem to share an interest in the delivery of information skills materials: the-evolving-information-professional-sample-activity

I look forward to hearing any comments that you might have on either the new course, or the activity around delivery of information skills.

Kirsty Baker

Open University Library