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Physical places and virtual spaces: Fostering innovative partnerships between the library and the stakeholder
Paper presented at the 24th IATUL conference: Libraries and education in the networked information environment (2003)
  • Grace Saw
  • Nicole Clark
Abstract
The 21st Century continues to see rapid change in the role of both the academic science and technology engineering librarian and the research environment in which they operate. Innovative approaches are required in order to ensure that the Librarian retains a central role in the teaching, learning and research processes. The Dorothy Hill Physical Sciences and Engineering Library has been actively and fundamentally redefining the role of the Library at the University of Queensland. Qualitative research such as focus groups and user interviews have been undertaken to ensure that the Library remains aware of and responsive to the changing needs of the user community. In order to ensure that the Library is an integral participant in institutional teaching, learning and research goals and outcomes a number of physical and virtual projects have been instigated. These include the addition of a student-centred learning and research space that aims to act as a focal point for partnerships between the Library, the Faculty and industry partners. Virtual collaborations have been supported through projects such as The Undergraduate Site Learning Program and AVEL Sustainability Knowledge Network (a portal dedicated encouraging and enabling collaboration between researchers working in sustainable development). This paper outlines the strategies that have been employed to reposition the Library and examines some of the ancillary benefits that have resulted. © Copyright Grace Saw & Nicole Clark, 2003
Keywords
  • librarian,
  • research environment,
  • virtual collaborations
Publication Date
June 5, 2003
Citation Information
Grace Saw and Nicole Clark. "Physical places and virtual spaces: Fostering innovative partnerships between the library and the stakeholder" Paper presented at the 24th IATUL conference: Libraries and education in the networked information environment (2003)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/grace_saw1/4/