The International Association of University Libraries (IATUL) invites you to attend the 37th Annual IATUL Conference in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

This year’s theme is Leadership in a Sea of Change, and reflects not only Nova Scotia’s location by the ocean, but also provides the opportunity to share cutting edge experiences and knowledge during this time of continuing change in the world of libraries.
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Monday, June 6 • 15:45 - 17:15
Parallel Session 2B (Preparing for the workforce, skills development) Changing Organizational Capacity and Building Staff Capability

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This paper is about the organisational changes required to staffing capacity and staff capability to conduct Library business as services are re-oriented from physical to online.  Rethinking organisational needs is part of our Library of the Future initiative in which we have rethought service design and delivery by adopting a co-design framework for planning.

Our organisational support of University needs in learning, teaching and research activities has been shaped by consideration of capacity & capability involving workforce planning and internal reviews. The Library has historically reviewed roles, particularly vacant ones, managing to absorb demands within existing resources by changing workflows and responsibilities. However, that's not sustainable and we'll require additional staff to meet new/revised business activities in the following areas:

  • e-Resources
  • Research Support and Services:
    • Data Management
    • Scholarly Communications, including Publishing Services
  • Online Services
  • Digital Literacy
  • Increasing User Experience
    • Co-design (participatory action research, design research and design futures methodologies)
    • Converged Service Model (student hub)

Our focus is turning away from traditional library qualifications as the main source of expertise to recruitment from other professions. New staff bring new capabilities; development of existing staff pose challenges requiring different solutions. Our Staff Development & Training Plan is supported by ALERT (AUT Library Educate Refresh Train) programme and includes:

  • Topica (delivery of themed information)
  • BiteSize (20 mins 'how to' or 'did you know' sessions)
  • 2 half-day All Library Staff Events

LoTF involves on-going planning of work and resource allocation over short, medium and longer term time frames where appropriate co-design methodologies are identified.

This presentation offers an overview of our LoTF initiative focusing upon Rethinking Organisation and the impact upon Services.

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Gillian Barthorpe

Gill is the Associate University Librarian (Collection Services) at AUT University Library. Gill joined AUT in 1998 and had held various roles in the Library until appointment to her current position in 2009. She is responsible for managing the Library’s collections budget, the... Read More →
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Eamon Wright

With almost 25 years’ experience in university administration, Eamon is currently Corporate Services Manager at AUT University Library where his management responsibilities include business planning & quality, staff planning & development, communications & business information... Read More →

Monday June 6, 2016 15:45 - 17:15
CHEB - C140 5793 University Ave

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