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Saturday, November 9 • 12:00pm - 12:30pm
Emerging Technologies for Emerging Libraries: A Digitally Born Research Library

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KAUST is a brand new research University started in Saudi Arabia functional since September 2009 with a vision on excelling in science and technology research and become one of the top ranking University by 2020. The library collections group continually monitors the relevance of our e-resources in support of teaching and learning and also provides an effective document delivery service to provide quick on-demand service for needed resources that are not in available in the collection. A born digital library with hybrid nature, ninety percent of the collection is online; they are purchased, organized and accessed online, like any other brand new academic research libraries. Being a brand new University, the users demands were evolving along with new faculties joining, new research group establishment, and collections were always re-looked at on its usage and demand for new materials. The evolving roles and growth of electronic resources within library collections have provided easiness to patrons of the library, but ever increasing challenges to the libraries.  The seamless user experiences could be more visible in brand new libraries, where they should be better positioned with technology and staff. Managing print is less, at least for the journals, but huge electronic collection need to be organized through ERMs and made available through discovery layers. Whether it is systems, people or resources, everything is new, where close relationships with the community and service providers are very important, especially the collections and services are still evolving.

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J. K. Vijayakumar

Library Director, KAUST

Saturday November 9, 2013 12:00pm - 12:30pm EST
Cypress Ballroom North, Courtyard Marriott Historic District 125 Calhoun Street, Charleston, SC 29401

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