University wins Outstanding Library Team Award

Posted by mc234 at Jun 22, 2012 10:55 AM |
The University’s library team has been named as Outstanding Library Team of the Year in the Times Higher Education Leadership and Management Awards.

Their achievement makes Leicester the only university to win a THE award in six consecutive years.

The award has been given in recognition of the David Wilson Library team’s notable accomplishments in integrating on- and off-site library services. An extensive evaluation of the Library's role and the way that student use it asked important questions like: "Why do students love physical libraries when they can access materials online?"

What the team discovered was that the physical Library "had to look the part and work immaculately in physical and virtual modes. Users wanted a distinctive Library ambience combining inspiring vistas with nooks and crannies; traditional furniture with new technology."

Meanwhile, the virtual library, which is particularly important given that we have more distance learning students than any other British campus university, "had to embody the values and quality of the physical facilities ... It now echoes the building design, makes extensive use of social media and offers a state-of-the-art search interface. A digital library that exceeds the size of the physical collections contributes to an excellent virtual library experience."

Achieving both of these aims together particularly impressed the judges who praised the way that the Leicester team overcame a “double challenge to respond to their student and staff needs in both physical and virtual environments… achieving a dramatic parallel improvement in the usage of both their physical collections and their web resources.”

One of the judges, Maja Mariceivic, Head of Higher Education at the British Library said that our David Wilson Library and its staff “offered a leading example of how to successfully remodel and combine on-site and online library resources.”

The Times Higher Education Leadership and Management Awards (popularly known as the THELMAs) were presented at a ceremony last night, hosted by comedian Julian Clary. Leicester was also nominated for 'Outstanding Knowledge Exchange/Transfer Initiative of the Year' (for G-STEP) and 'Finance Team of the Year'.

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