Report and proceedings of a seminar on Managing University Libraries, held on 26-27 August 2002 at the OECD Headquarters in Paris.


Managing University Libraries

This event was one in the series of ‘What works – best practices’ seminars organised by the OECD programme for Institutional Management in Higher Education. 

Universities face a complex and growing set of challenges and opportunities. Higher education systems are being asked to do more for less and libraries are no exception. Demands for excellence in research, an increasingly international environment, continued support for mass education and non-traditional delivery of programmes compete for attention. Furthermore, libraries increasingly serve the wider community as well as internal users.

Libraries therefore have to set priorities, measure the quality of their outputs and redefine their roles. A significant aspect of the evolving environment relates to the lifecycle of research dissemination. Other challenges are posed by the changing concept of intellectual property rights, emerging technologies and the economic implications of these for the higher education sector.

Related issues are the development of an effective infrastructure and the nurturing of external partnerships to ensure value for money.

This seminar brought together leaders of higher education institutions, funding agencies and senior librarians to grapple with the above themes and associated issues.

The presentations collected here are preceded by an introduction by one of the speakers, Professor Jean-Claude Guédon, who places the ideas presented at the seminar in a broader perspective.

The views presented are those of the individuals concerned and do not reflect those of the OECD.


 “Byting” the bullet? Universities, libraries and (technical) change.
Jean-Claude Guédon, Professor, Université de Montréal, Canada

The university library as educational change-agent: an Australian perspective.
Alan Bundy, University Librarian, University of South Australia

Price and competition: consortial strategies for procuring information.
David Ball, Bournemouth University, United Kingdom

Getting the best return for university investment in information and optimising services to researchers, students and the public.
Sir Brian Follett, Chairman, Arts and Humanities Research Board, Bristol, United Kingdom

Information technology as an agent of change.
Hans Geleijnse, Director of Information Systems and Services,European University Institute, Florence, Italy

Can the monograph help solve the library ‘serials’ funding crisis?
Toby Green, Head of Unit, OECD Publications, Paris, France

Financing model for developing a new university library: The Karlstad University case.
BengtOve Gustavsson, Pro-rector, Karlstad University, Sweden

Rational development of information services: a university leader’s perspective.
Kari Raivio, Rector, University of Helsinki, Finland

Historic perspectives and future prospects.
Elmar Mittler, University Librarian, Niedersächsische Staats- und Universitätsbibliothek, Göttingen, Germany

Change: are we leading or just surviving?
Bill Simpson, University Librarian, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland

New Zealand: 2002 as the year of transition for tertiary education libraries.
Alan Smith, University Librarian, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand

Academic libraries in transition in Hungary.
Agnes Teglasi, Chief Counsellor, Ministry of Education, Hungary

Library environments and organization: opportunities or constraints?
Sarah E. Thomas, Carl A. Kroch University Librarian, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, USA

Strategic challenges facing research libraries.
Duane Webster, Executive Director, The American Association of Research Libraries, Washington, United States


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