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Monday, June 19

2:00pm PDT

1c: Embedded Librarianship: The Key To Unlocking The Research Potential At The Lupane State University


When Professor Barbara J. Ford, the former American Library Association President visited Zimbabwe under the invitation of the Zimbabwe Library Association in 2013, she presented the topic of ‘Embedded Libraries’ which was a new topic to all who were present.

Following this lecture, it became clear that the traditional role of the Librarian and had evolved for the better. Digital information is ubiquitous and clients do not have to come to the Library to get information.  E-resources can be obtained from home, in offices, in the student’s halls of residence, restaurants etc.   Library users use desktops, laptops, smart phones and tablets to access all their information needs. The original role of the Librarian of ‘waiting to be asked’ and be responsive has completely made a turn-around as Embedded Librarians become ‘go getters’ of the needs of the academic communities that they serve; they anticipate and are pro-active.

At Lupane State University, our plan is to employ more Subject/Faculty Librarians who will build stronger relationships with both Faculty and students. Eventually, the Subject/Faculty Librarians will transform themselves to Embedded Librarians as they will offer focused, targeted, specialized research and information results which have an analytical approach and which enable the Librarians to be more integrated in the academic community. Our Embedded Librarians will have offices where the Faculty is and not in the Library. A few Subject Librarians would remain in the Library solely for the service if the students. Currently the Library has three (3) Faculty Librarians for the 3 Faculties; namely Agricultural Sciences, Commerce and Humanities and Social Sciences. All the Faculty Librarians have a background of Library qualifications for their undergraduate degrees but for future prospects, we will look for Embedded Librarians who have their first degrees in the subjects their Faculties will be offering; for example, the Embedded Librarian for the Faculty of Commerce must have their first degrees in Management, Marketing or Human Resources Management. This approach for the Embedded Librarian would allow easy creation of building strong relationships with the Faculty and understanding the Faculty’s work and information needs. The Embedded Librarian would share the Faculty’s goals and actively contribute to the achievement of those goals and furthermore become an integral and indispensable member of the Faculty (Shumaker, D. 2009).

The important aspects of the Embedded Librarians is to communicate the value of the Library service through increase research output at LSU, through communication, socializing and collaboration within the Faculty by integrating the LIS programme into the curriculum, through raising the standard of Primary and Secondary Education in the Matabeleland North region by introducing education with technology, use of virtual learning centres and through community engagement in various activities like farming, pottery, small business enterprises that need the University’s expertise.

Being an Embedded Librarian has never been so exciting, moving beyond service and becoming an active partner in the development of academic user needs, adding value to the academics, surrounding communities and enforcing the relevance of the Library, which further strengthens the Librarians’ positions as key players within the University. Great things can only be expected from this Library initiative, hurray!!


Sheila Nomathemba Ndlovu

University Librarian, Lupane State University
Ms. Sheila Nomathemba Ndlovu commenced here career in 1987 at the National Archives of Zimbabwe, initially as a Periodicals Librarian and then later on as a Chief Cataloguer compiling the Zimbabwe National Bibliography. She served at the National Archives from 1987 to 1994. Thereafter... Read More →

Monday June 19, 2017 2:00pm - 2:30pm PDT
D1.03 - 1st floor Free University of Bolzano-Bozen

2:30pm PDT

1c: Library’s role in Researcher Services and in Open Science


Lappeenranta Academic Library is a joint library of Lappeenranta University of Technology (LUT) and Saimaa University of Applied Sciences. Researcher services form the present focus in library services development.

LUT Trailblazer strategy outlines its goals with four questions:

Are we going to burn up everything?

Is humanity condemned to suffer from water it has polluted?

Will waste be the grave of our future?

Will we let Europe degenerate to the world’s back yard?

The strategy is a challenge to the library but also a great possibility. The organizational structure of the university is based on three schools and six interdisciplinary research platforms. The organization of the library is similar with three administrative chiefs and 13 service teams in which the employees determine their tasks. In 2016 financial cuts forced the library to downsize. This challenge and simultaneous development of new services was successfully managed due to the flexibility of the staff and by continuous upgrading of competencies.

LUT has Open Access and Research Data Policies with corresponding action plans. The library has had a big role in compiling and implementing the policies. It develops and offers open science services in the university and teaches open science issues. Within LUT the main cooperative partners of the library are the IT and the Funding Services. On national level the library cooperates with the Open Science and Research Initiative. Publication repository platform services are bought from The National Library of Finland and data repository services from the Centre for Scientific Computing. In the university LUT Research Portal (the CRIS) is the node of publication and research data.

The presentation describes the open science process and services and future plans from the library’s viewpoint.


Iris Anneli Tahvanainen

Developing Manager, Lappeenranta Academic Library
Iris Tahvanainen is the Developing Manager in Lappeenranta Academic Library which is a joint library of Lappeenranta University of Technology and Saimaa University of Applied Sciences in Finland. She is in charge of developing researcher services and open science issues. She is a... Read More →

Monday June 19, 2017 2:30pm - 3:00pm PDT
D1.03 - 1st floor Free University of Bolzano-Bozen

3:00pm PDT

1c: Research support services: on a continuum of embryonic to mature


Libraries and Learning Services (LLS) at the University of Auckland (UoA), New Zealand, is recognised by the institution for expertise in scholarly information developments. Our ability to respond to rapid changes within the research ecosystem is evidenced by LLS business ownership of Symplectic (UoA’s research outputs system), support for the national performance-based research assessment (PBRF) and initiatives like ORCID, Bibliometrics, open access and research data management.

This paper will look at significant progress made since the IATUL 2015 conference paper on developing strategic research services. Our specialist technical and client services play a key role in achieving UoA’s strategic objectives for growing and disseminating research that has impact and value.

In 2017 our focus is on supporting PBRF, a six-yearly government assessment of tertiary institutions aimed at rewarding excellence. PBRF has a great effect on the UoA’s revenue and reputation. We are on the PBRF Steering Group, PBRF Advisory Group and faculty working groups. Our LLS PBRF Project Lead is responsible for our PBRF work streams and specialist librarians provide services customised to disciplinary requirements. Consultations and workshops assist researchers to position their publications for influence and to track their scholarly, governmental and societal impact.

Symplectic is used in the creation of Evidence Portfolios, containing information about the outputs and research-related activities for each researcher over a five-year period. Metadata librarians verify research outputs (publications and artefacts), using a stringent verification process to ensure outputs meet PBRF requirements.

This paper will explore how our Vision and Strategy programme of work is repositioning embryonic and stand-alone services to integrated services accessible to all researchers. Our focus is increasingly on making UoA research excellence more visible externally and helping researchers assess impact.

Alongside a commitment to the scalability and sustainability of existing services, we are investigating and investing in new services and tools as they emerge. New activities being explored with the Centre for eResearch and researchers include Research Bazaar, Hacky hour, Authors/Software/Library carpentry.


Hester Mountifield

Associate University Librarian, University of Auckland
Hester Mountifield is responsible for the strategic development of services to support teaching, learning and research in all Faculties. Her team includes librarians, learning advisers, language advisers and career consultants. She led the development of integrated student learning... Read More →

Monday June 19, 2017 3:00pm - 3:30pm PDT
D1.03 - 1st floor Free University of Bolzano-Bozen
Tuesday, June 20

4:00pm PDT

3b: Why is the Library involved in research support? Demonstrating why and how the Library can contribute and add value to the university research priorities

Like many countries, in New Zealand the ability to demonstrate your university’s research performance and the quality and impact of its research outputs has become increasingly important as this influences government funding, as well as national and international rankings. In this highly competitive environment Victoria University of Wellington has responded with an ambitious 20 year strategic plan which explicitly aims to enhance its research quality, quantity and impact. So, how does Victoria University of Wellington Library contribute to the University’s research priorities and goals?

While it may be obvious to many that the University Library has an important role to play in supporting research and arguably contributing to the overall success of the University’s research outputs, this view has not always been shared by all academics or researchers, nor for that matter, all Library staff. This paper will look at how the Library has responded and shown it clearly has a role to play in supporting the University’s research goals.

Recognising the need to be more closely aligned to the University’s priorities and direction the Library underwent a structural change and refocus in 2011. This resulted in the Library becoming more explicit about how it supports research, and to enable it to deliver on this it has incrementally built up its services and capability. This paper will cover how the Library has identified and developed its research support services and capability over the past five years, and demonstrated through initiatives and collaborations why it has a crucial role to play in helping the University achieve its research goals. 

The paper will also discuss how the Library plans to further develop and embed research support services to ensure it remains relevant and is strategically aligned to the University’s research endeavours.


Trish Wilson

Associate Director, Library Academic Services at Victoria University of Wellington
Trish is Associate Director Library Academic Services at Victoria University of Wellington. She joined Victoria in 2011 and has been in her current role since 2012. She is responsible for the Library’s front-facing services and the Academic Support, Client Services and Collection... Read More →

Tuesday June 20, 2017 4:00pm - 4:30pm PDT
C2.06 - 2nd floor Free University of Bolzano-Bozen

4:30pm PDT

3b: Research Data Management at Austria Universities: A Look at the Project "E-Infrastructures Austria PLUS"

Research Data Management (RDM) is part of the research process, and aims to make the research process as efficient as possible. Beyond that, RDM has to meet expectations and requirements of the university and research funders (e.g. Horizon 2020). These funders nowadays ask for efficient tools that outline how data is handled both during research, and after the project is completed.

The presentation will first give a short overview of the initiatives an RDM being launched in Austria at the moment and will later concentrate on a specific project that was initiated in 2017 by the Federal Ministry of Science, Research and Economy (BMWFW). The goal of this project is to promote a coordinated approach in the implementation of RDM workflows within Austrian universities.


Eva Ramminger

Head, Universitäts- und Landesbibliothek Tirol / University and State Library of Tyrol

Tuesday June 20, 2017 4:30pm - 5:00pm PDT
C2.06 - 2nd floor Free University of Bolzano-Bozen

5:00pm PDT

3b: Engineers: What do they read and write, and why? – A survey of information and publishing behavior of academic engineers

Serving our academic community expects us to understand the researchers, their professional lives, motivation, needs, workloads, work organization, partnerships, etc. – maximum information that stand behind their work. A lot is identified just by serving the academic community.

In order to step ahead to identify future development in research support, the stories and expectations behind the work of researchers were sought. A deep interview survey was conducted among researchers at our university from various research fields in engineering, age groups, and professional experience. Due to expected differences in information needs between users in academic and industrial environments, also a brief insight into the information support in industry was taken.

As a conclusion, the survey revealed that researchers rely highly on their own know-how, experience and skills. Several aspects play key role in their information and publishing behavior, e.g. the nature of the research (basic vs. applied), the extent of cooperation with industry, the aim of the activities (teaching vs. research), and scientific prestige and rate of financial dependence on the income from the research.

Overall, researchers have their own ways, tools and social ties to obtain information, and have little motivation to learn new things. They cope with the principle of least effort, they prefer quality over quantity, the speed and availability of information. The survey has shown that the overall information behavior in engineering has not changed much compared to the literature of the 1970s.

This paper will describe the particular detailed findings in the area of information and publishing behavior of engineers in academic environment and their attitude towards current aspects of scholarly communication incl. Open Access and social networking.

The work was conducted for a dissertation at the Institute of Information Studies and Librarianship, Faculty of Arts, Charles University in Prague, defended in 2016.


Iva Adlerova

Central Library, Czech Technical University

Lenka Nemeckova

Deputy Director, Central Library, Czech Technical University
Lenka Nemeckova is a librarian and the Deputy Director of the Central Library at the Czech Technical University in Prague. She recently received her PhD in Information science at the Charles University in Prague. She focuses on research information support, research skills, bibliometrics... Read More →

Tuesday June 20, 2017 5:00pm - 5:30pm PDT
C2.06 - 2nd floor Free University of Bolzano-Bozen
Thursday, June 22

2:30pm PDT

6a: Bibliometric research support at a multilingual university: Chances and challenges in an Italian context

The development of a bibliometric service point at the library of the Free University of Bozen-Bolzano (UNIBZ) has to be seen in the light of the higher education reform in Italy in 2010. As part of the reform several measures regarding quality promotion and quality management have been concluded, which, as a consequence, lead to evaluation activities on different levels. At first bibliometric services at the UNIBZ were introduced primarily to support the UNIBZ management in bibliometric matters. Very soon, however, the demand for bibliometric services also emerged from the researchers’ side. This fact has lead to a continuous growth of services, to meet the requirements of both target groups, management representatives and researchers.

In this paper the phases of a life cycle of a traditional research product (e.g. journal article or contribution in a book) are described in the light of the Italian evaluation context from a research support perspective. In the production phase of an article, bibliometric support relates to the selection of a journal or a publisher, regarding formal criteria but also content. The primary target group in this phase are emerging researchers in the first stages of their career. After the publication of the article in the second phase, there is a high demand for data management, as the publication gets indexed in different databases used for evaluations. In the assessment phase of the publication, the most time consuming phase from a research support perspective, the focus is on counselling and support of the evaluation process with the aim of obtaining the most favourable results, for both the individual researcher and the organization.

The challenges implied are the time consuming field of data management on the one hand, as this is indispensable for getting complete and correct data, and the limited comparability of research results in Social Science and Humanities among countries on the other. This problem is specific for the multilingual and multicultural area of South Tyrol, as researchers from abroad often come from different research cultures and the application of national evaluation rules may turn out to be problematic. In this context alternative solutions are needed.


Karin Karlics

Bibliometrics, Free University of Bolzano-Bozen
Karin Karlics received her PhD. degree from the Department of Information Science and Information Systems at Graz University in Austria. Since 2003 she has been part of the library team at the Free University of Bozen-Bolzano (UNIBZ). Two years ago she was appointed to set up a bibliometric... Read More →

Thursday June 22, 2017 2:30pm - 3:00pm PDT
D1.03 - 1st floor Free University of Bolzano-Bozen

3:00pm PDT

6a: (Re)shaping open access policy to scientific resources at Polish technical universities: Gdansk University of Technology perspective

Developing European Open Access policy to scientific resources is one of the most important issues undertaken during the public debate about the future and trends in scholarly communication process.

The Open Access landscape is determined by several factors such as mandates. The open mandate may be voluntary or mandatory and implemented at the institutional, national or international level. It requires scholars to use open repository to deposit results of scientific research funded with public money and research grants.

The current paper reflects European Commission guidelines regarding dissemination of scientific results funded with EU funds together with recommendations at the national level for Polish universities.

The process of preparing and implementing Open Access policy at the institutional level, and the role of library in this process was presented on the example of Gdańsk University of Technology in comparison to the other technical universities in Poland.

Gdańsk University of Technology implements a project called Multidisciplinary Open System Transferring Knowledge. The acronym of its name in the Polish language is „MOST Wiedzy”, which means „the bridge of knowledge”.

The repository is a project of an archive of scientific publications, scientific documentation, research data, scientific dissertations, as well as other documents and sources, created as a result of scientific experiments and other research and development work conducted at the Gdańsk University of Technology. It will also be a solution supporting communication between researchers and a platform for cooperation between science and business.


Anna Wałek

Director, Gdańsk University of Technology Library
Anna Wałek: an experienced library manager, Open Access and digital libraries expert. Creator and first director of the Center for Scientific and Technical Information at Wrocław University of Technology – university-wide unit, responsible for collecting and sharing of scientific... Read More →

Thursday June 22, 2017 3:00pm - 3:30pm PDT
D1.03 - 1st floor Free University of Bolzano-Bozen