This edited collection is drawn from the seventh Libraries Without Walls Conference, held in 2007. From their beginnings in 1995, the Libraries Without Walls conferences have mapped a major change in the practice of librarianship. While library services are still concerned to provide users with physical access to their buildings, electronic access - often from remote locations - is becoming ever more dominant. Library services are being integrated into virtual learning, research and personal environments.
In 2007 CERLIM wished to encourage the widest possible range of papers to reflect the diverse current developments in library service delivery. These covered:
- New kinds of service, especially those that open up new paradigms of 'library' - perhaps the library equivalent of YouTube or MySpace
- The library's role within new models of scholarly publishing, including experience of developing services based on institutional or other repositories, and the responsibility of the library for digital curation
- Service delivery in challenging environments, especially where the infrastructure may be sub-optimal, as in some developing countries, or where the user group represents particular challenges
- New technological solutions and the impact on users of the improved services they make possible
- Delivery and assessment of information skills/literacies, especially where this is achieved through electronic environments.
These state-of-the-art papers are designed to increase understanding of the role and importance of information in the learning process, and to enable information professionals and course developers to keep abreast of the latest developments in this vital area.
Peter Brophy BSc HonFCLIP FCLIP FRSA FHEA is Professor of Information Management in the Department of Information and Communications at Manchester Metropolitan University, where he is also Director of the Centre for Research in Library and Information Management (CERLIM). Jenny Craven MA MCLIP is a Research Associate at CERLIM, Manchester Metropolitan University. Margaret Markland MSc was until recently a Research Associate at CERLIM, Manchester Metropolitan University.
1. Introduction - Peter Brophy 2. Keynote address: Disciplines, documents and data: emerging roles for libraries in the scholarly information infrastructure - Christine L. Borgman 3. Denmark's Electronic Research Library: implementation of userfriendly integrated search systems in Denmark - Bo OEhrstroem 4. An African experience in providing a digital library service: the African Virtual University (AVU) example - Pauline Ngimwa 5. Project StORe: expectations, a solution and some predicted impact from opening up the research data portfolio - Graham Pryor 6. Publishing, policy and people: overcoming challenges facing institutional repository development - Margaret Markland, Jayne Burgess, Sarah Taylor and Helen Standish 7. Libraries as a social space: enhancing the experience of distance learners using social software - Jane Secker and Gwyneth Price 8. The rise of recommendation and review: a place in online library environments? - Kara Jones and Kate Robinson 9. Re-usable learning objects for information literacy: are they practical? - Nancy Graham 10. An introduction to the LearnHigher Centre for Teaching & Learning (CETL), with particular reference to the information literacy learning area and its work on information literacy audits at Manchester Metropolitan University - Bob Glass and Jillian R. Griffiths 11. Information skills through electronic environments: considerations, pitfalls and benefits - Maggie Smart and Cath Hunt 12. Development of information-related competencies in European open and distance learning institutions: selected findings - Sirje Virkus 13. Improving information retrieval with dialogue mapping and concept mapping tools - Virpi Palmgren, Kirsi Heino and Jouni Nevalainen 14. Public libraries, learning and the creative citizen: a European perspective - Robert Davies and Geoff Butters 15. A user-centred approach to the evaluation of digital cultural maps: the case of the VeriaGrid system - Rania Siatri, Emmanouel Garoufallou, Ioannis Trohopoulos and Panos Balatsoukas 16. The process of assessment of the quality, usability and impact of electronic services and resources: a Quality Attributes approach - Jillian R. Griffiths 17. Reaching the unreachable in India: effective information delivery service model of DELNET and the challenges ahead - Sangeeta Kaul 18. Breaking through the walls: current developments in library service delivery: observations from a Sri Lankan perspective - Kamani Perera 19. Meeting users' needs online in real-time: a dream of librarians in the developing world - Anusha Wijayaratne 20. Information Central: a service success case study - Susan Robbins 21. Discrete library services for international students: how can exclusivity lead to inclusivity? - Moira Bent, Marie Scopes and Karen Senior 22. Are we ethical? A workshop on the ethical challenges of providing library services to distance learners - Gill Needham and Kay Johnson 23. Involving users in a technical solution to help assess the accessibility of websites - Jenny Craven and Jillian R. Griffiths 24. The reality of managing change: the transition to Intute - Caroline Williams.