Today's visit to San Francisco State University took me to the recently renovated and reopened J. Paul Leonard Library. It impresses with its design, its clear orientation as a place for learning, and its technical equipment. But what I really like is the Library Retrieval System and the Digital Media Studio.
video produced by the library. These types of systems are quite common in the United States.
I like how naturally this library takes on service tasks that extend beyond the traditional horizon of a library. Here they not only theoretically adopt trends, but also believe in the meaningfulness of rooms equipped with high-quality technology and a diverse array of learning opportunities with regard to furniture, rolling white boards, and possibilities for informal discussion. This impression is also confirmed during my following discussion on the topic of information literacy and collection development – and more and more people join in the conversation. Information literacy was introduced as an obligatory subject for all students in 1999. An online test offered by the library must be completed in order to graduate. The future, however, lies in having a presence in "General Education" courses, which every student must complete and which consist of a mix of on-site training classes and online materials. For large undergraduate lectures, tutors are trained in workshops so that they can then pass on research tips. Each subject area specialist is also intensely incorporated into faculty courses to offer students in a course advising specifically tailored to their needs. Wow! At the end of my visit I also get to see the backend of various software programs that the library uses for acquisitions, to evaluate its committed training program, which has been wonderfully anchored into the curriculum, and to create course materials for the training classes. Without further ado, I am given an account for this program so that I can try it out on my own for a little while! What a great library with inspiring people...
Tuesday, 18. September 2012
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