Emerging Technologies in Library Services

The 2nd International Association of University Libraries’ (IATUL) Directors’ Summit was held in Windhoek recently. The event offers a platform for discussion on challenges university libraries are facing and for the overall development of library services.

Dr Reiner Kallenborn, the President of IATUL, highlighted the association’s focal areas which include promoting science and research in the field of library services. In the New Media Consortium Horizon Report of 2017, it was identified that due to collaborative cross-disciplinary research, libraries are now providing access to digital tools and establishing processes to store and disseminate data and research output. This enables the sharing and re-use of data.

Dr Gert Günzel, the NUST Deputy Vice-Chancellor of Finance and Administration, said: “We can all agree that technology empowers libraries to offer ubiquitous services. Although these technological advancements are very exciting, libraries should not lose sight of the customers they are serving, especially in developing countries. Consider your customers’ environment, digital literacy and access to digital tools, and know that you will have to continue offering physical as well as electronic resources, for a few years to come.”

Judy Grobler, the NUST Director of Library and Information Services, said that it is gratifying to note that the programme of the Summit covered a wide range of topics, relating to the latest trends in the library services field.

The Summit took place in a World Café format, to encourage discussion and the emergence of focus-driven solutions. The World Café methodology is a simple, effective and flexible format for hosting large-group dialogues. GIZ and EBSCO Information Services supported the event.

Date: 
Friday, December 1, 2017
for Month: 
December, 2017

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