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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Tuesday, June 7 • 16:00 - 17:30
Parallel Session 4A (Physical library, learning spaces) Top Universities, Top Libraries: Do research services in academic libraries contribute to university output?

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University is nowadays in a new context mostly characterized by the implementation of competitiveness and cost-effectiveness criteria. There are two main characteristics of the new management model: a new relevancy to the university funding and the predominance of the research criteria as excellence indicator. Evidence of the growing role of research in universities, are the parameters to rank the excellence of the higher education institutions, such as ARWU (Academic Ranking of World Universities) of the University of Shangai, SIR (SCImago Institutions Rankings) or the Times Higher Education World University Rankings.

The research orientation also imposes itself at the academic library. Today we can see a paradigm shift at the academic library with the growing implementation of services to support research. Evidences are at the last reports about the trends in academic libraries by ACRL (Association of College & Research Libraries), especially at the latest edition: The 2015 Environmental Scan of Academics Libraries. The contribution of the academic library to research assumes greater impact and relevance. The library is perceived as an essential element in the research process, as is recognized at the international survey Bridging the Librarian-Faculty Gap in the Academic Library (2015).

This paper tries to establish a connection between excellent universities and the services research oriented by their libraries. Our research hypothesis is: the universities at the top of the rankings have libraries that provide excellent services to support research processes. Ten of the top universities at the ARWU and Times rankings are used as sample and its libraries services are analyzed. As research method we use the observation of the selected libraries web pages, using a checklist where the most relevant services to support research processes are identified. The results are analyzed and conclusions presented.

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Luis Miguel Costa

Luis Miguel Costa has worked for 21 years in academic libraries, since 2000 at the Library of the Faculty of Engineering of University of Porto (after psychology and management schools). With an interoperable approach to the management and systems of Library, Archive and Museum, as... Read More →

Tuesday June 7, 2016 16:00 - 17:30
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