Continuing on with the articles from the Guardian profiling 10 Academic Libraries From Around the World An article about Manchester University interviewing Jan Wilkinson University Librarian and Director & of particular interest a fly through of the 24 million pound Alan Gilbert Learning commons
What we’re seeing is not less use of the library by our staff and students, but changing needs of users.
They also seek our help as they try to navigate the complex world of information, make judgements about relevance and quality, and correctly reference their sources in their work. We offer training and software to help them do this, and courses to address their needs are regularly oversubscribed. We see academic skills training as an enormous growth area for us.
The article also talks about engaging students in feedback in the development of their learning commons in the use of space. It also talks about the new developments representing opportunities rather than threats and taking a strategic and bold approach, and being a part of the decision making discussions to achieve university goals. It also mentions about reskilling and recruiting staff to meet restructured roles and changes.
All good views to take for a #FutureLibrary.