Student and library services in cooperation
2013 (English)Conference paper (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
At Ångström Laboratory, one of the largest campuses at Uppsala University, the Library and the Student Services Office merged in November 2012. This merger is a pilot project to improve service for students and faculty. Ångström Laboratory has around 900 staff and almost 10,000 students, of whom most also spend time at other campuses. In this paper we describe the background and the implementation of the pilot project.
One of the main reasons for moving together was the wish to gather together all kinds of student services, including the distribution of written examinations in one place. The central location and open environment of the Library made it a good choice.
The heart of the Library and Student Services is an open office consisting of two service desks located in the library area. There are silent study areas; computers for searching and printing, an area for relaxing with newspapers and journals, meeting rooms and offices for the staff. The result is a lively place with a cosy atmosphere.
As the Library and the Student Services still belong to different parts of the University we are now starting to find out how best to collaborate. To understand more we log all the questions we get and the services we deliver. We also have meetings together and use the same lunch room to get to know each other and our different functions. We will define which matters can be solved in common, and how we can back each other up when necessary.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
collaboration, student services, student spaces, library services
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-199487OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-199487DiVA: diva2:619629
34th IATUL Conference, 14-18 April, 2013 Cape Town, South Africa