Will academic libraries expand their remit to new kinds of learning resources? Where do learning analytics fit? What will be the impact on library technology? Will we see library systems subsumed into new Learning Services Platforms? What will be the impact of the new Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) on library provision? The new role of the library in teaching and learning outcomes. By Ken Chad & Helen Anderson. Higher Education Library Technology (HELibTech) briefing paper (No. 3). June 2017.
Available at: www.helibtech.com and www.kenchadconsulting.com/publications/ Students in many countries, especially the US and UK are concerned that the growing cost of higher education is not delivering good value. Excellence in teaching and a focus on measurement and assessment of learning outcomes have become entrenched in higher education policy and the strategies of academic institutions. In the UK this trend has crystallised in a new Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) introduced by government in 2017.
As a result library leaders around the world will need to become more strategic in articulating value propositions based around a more holistic view of library/learning resources. The value of data analytics will be a key driving force. Data from reading list systems and digital textbook platforms combined with information from other institutional systems will allow powerful insights to emerge. Such analytics will be invaluable to institutions, publishers and intermediaries as they look at new ways to deliver content.
All this suggests a trend for library technology and educational technology to merge. There looks to be the beginning of shift away from a narrow conception of *library* systems, the *library* supply chain and *library* data. Conventional integrated library systems and even the new generation of library services platforms remain wedded to an outdated view of library learning resources and will have to change significantly or be integrated or subsumed into a new generation of learning services platforms.
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About Higher Education Library Technology (HELibTech)
HELibTech (www.helibtech.com) is a free and open community resource that aims to provide a starting point for anyone interested in library technology in Higher Education. HELibTech originated in a major sector project: The Jisc & SCONUL Library Management Systems Study .1 HELibTech has enabled the work of that project to be kept up to date and expanded. As well as vital data on the various kinds of library technology employed across UK Higher Education, it also includes articles on major issues such as shared services, ebooks, open source, reading lists, research management systems and library services platforms.
About Ken Chad Consulting
Ken Chad (www.kenchadconsulting.com) set up his consulting business in 2007 to help libraries become more effective through the better and more imaginative use of technology. His consulting activities have included work for businesses, academic institutions, and sector bodies such as Jisc and SCONUL (Society of College, National and University Libraries). Projects have encompassed e-books, resource discovery, open and linked data, archives, repositories and research management systems. Ken has published articles and presented widely on the strategic impact of technology-driven change. He is a member (MCLIP) of CILIP, ALA. He is an Advisory Board member for the new open access journal Studies in Arts and Humanities and a committee member of the NISO Open Discovery Initiative (ODI).
Helen Anderson is a graduate of Aberystwyth University where she gained a joint honours degree in Librarianship and English Literature before spending time as a librarian. Her career spans over 25 years and includes work in publishing, library systems, data services, and library book supply. Helen has extensive experience of the changing landscape of supply across a range of products and services including print books, e-books, library management software and publisher data. She is passionate about delivering excellent customer service and has considerable experience of representing companies going through transformational change as a response to technological shifts and challenging markets. Latterly working for Dawson Books (Connect Group), Helen is interested in how academic libraries and suppliers can contribute to the broader strategy of the university by using technology and innovation.