Looking back, looking forward

Posted on January 6, 2015 | in Featured, Library | by

At the start of a new year, it is always nice to think back about the achievements of the previous year, and what lies ahead in the coming year.  Not only is it good to think about what we have done, it is also important to consider the impact it has had.  In order to do this, Library & University Collections published a Impact Report for 13/14 at the end of last year.  It is great to be able to see the range of services the Library provides to the University, and how this contributes to the work of the institution.

Here are some highlights from the report, which can be viewed online as a PDF, or picked up from one of our libraries:

High  Quality Collections

 Delivering Excellent Services

First Rate Engagement

Attracting External Investment

Academic Year 2013 2014 statistics

The coming year will be an exciting one for Library and University Collections. Many of our programmes will continue, and our exhibition schedule is already planned, including “Out of the Blue” – a celebration of the colour blue highlighting a mixture of interesting and thought provoking items from our collections. We will continue to provide access to a growing number of online collections through our showcase website collections.ed.ac.uk

We will also be undertaking some major projects, including the procurement and implementation of a new Library Management IT System. This will enable us to further enhance the student experience of Library course collections, utilising new approaches in how we provide access to e-resources. Such projects will enable us to review and streamline many of our internal processes, continually improving the library services that we offer.

Building work will begin on St Cecilia’s Hall early in the new year, embarking on a £6.5 million refit and renovation to create a world-class museum to house and display our important collection of historical musical instruments.

These are only a few of the highlights that we look forward to delivering over the coming, very exciting, year as we continue to provide high quality collections, and deliver excellent services and first-rate engagement.

Stuart Lewis
Acting Director of Library and University Collections

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