Going Dutch : how an Erasmus-funded trip helped me share experiences with library colleagues in the Netherlands
Carroll, Donna L.. (2011) Going Dutch : how an Erasmus-funded trip helped me share experiences with library colleagues in the Netherlands. CILIP Update . pp. 42-44. ISSN 2046-0414
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In June this year I took part in a week-long Erasmus-funded visit to the Netherlands to share best practice with peers and study their library environments. During this time I travelled to four different cities in five days and visited a total of six libraries – three academic (Radboud University, Delft University of Technology and Utrecht University) and three public libraries (Nijmegen, Delft and Amsterdam).
This opportunity was particularly relevant to me as I’m relatively new to the information profession – I don’t have a ‘library background’ but I’ve been working for the University of Warwick for two and a half years. As Academic Services Development Manager I head the ‘R+D’ (‘research and development’) team within the Library’s Academic Services division, so am involved with environmental scanning and identifying opportunities for developing our services. I hoped that working alongside colleagues from different university libraries during this time would develop my appreciation of the international sector as well as giving me an insight into the differences that might exist, and opportunities for different thinking and working. Moreover, like many other university libraries, Warwick Library is currently going through a period of change, with new structures and services to support a new university strategy. As such I wanted to gain an understanding of how others are engaging with their university strategy and addressing the challenges we all face.
|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Subjects:||Z Bibliography. Library Science. Information Resources > Z719 Libraries (General)|
|Divisions:||Administration > Library|
|Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH):||Libraries -- Netherlands, University of Warwick. Library|
|Journal or Publication Title:||CILIP Update|
|Publisher:||Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP)|
|Official Date:||September 2011|
|Page Range:||pp. 42-44|
|Status:||Not Peer Reviewed|
|Access rights to Published version:||Restricted or Subscription Access|
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