Knowledge Unlatched – New Developments
Pledging to the new Knowledge Unlatched (KU) collection is open until the end of January 2017. Options for pledging range from a minimum of 132 frontlist titles to the complete front and backlist selection of 343 titles. Usage statistics for the Pilot collection were recently sent to participating libraries and further work is being done to provide unique geo-locational usage data. Libraries have been invited to indicate which subject areas and which publishers they would like KU to source titles from for the next round. The KU Library Portal is open to register your interest here.

Dataset from the Ithaka S+R, Jisc and RLUK UK Survey of Academics 2015 released. Read more...

Exchange rate starting to bite for university costs.

University libraries are facing budget shortfalls of hundreds of thousands of pounds this year as a result of the falling value of the pound against the euro and the US dollar. Read more...

Paul Ayris appointed as UCL Pro-Vice-Provost.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology issues an invitation to publishers, researchers and universities to collaborate on a vision for the future of libraries. Read more...

Call for papers and posters for the 2017 LIBER Conference on Libraries Powering Sustainable Knowledge in the Digital Age

LIBER Journées, exclusively for Library Directors: 17-19 May 2017 at Sciences Po in the heart of Paris.

The second LIBER Journees is designed for 20-25 Library Directors who are already in leadership positions in their institutions and who are looking ahead at delivering strategic change as libraries and institutions redefine themselves in an ever changing information and social environment.

The event will be led and moderated by the Programme Chair, Prof. Dr. Norbert Lossau, former Director of Göttingen State and University Library, and now Vice-President of the University of Göttingen. Prof. Dr Lossau will be supported by Programme coordinator Dr. Andreas Brandtner, Director of Mainz University Library, and members of the LIBER Leadership and Workforce Development Working Group, chaired by John Tuck.

Key speakers will include:

  • Alain Beretz,  Director General for Research and Innovation in France
  • Bruno Patino, Dean of the School of Journalism, Sciences Po, and Digital Services Director at France Télévision
  • Sarah E.Thomas, Vice President for the Harvard Library and University Librarian Roy E. Larsen Librarian for the Faculty of Arts and Sciences
  • Benoit Thieulin, Dean of the School of Communication, Sciences Po
  • Caroline Brazier, Chief Librarian, The British Library
  • Peter Sidorko, University Librarian, The University of Hong Kong

The deadline to apply is 13 January 2017. Further information is available via the link below including Draft ProgrammeStrategic Vision and Application Form.

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