The Architecture of a Library in a Digital World
CitationCimen, E. (2016). The flipped approach to high education: Designing universities for today's knowledge economies and societies. Şahin, M., Kurban, C. F., The Architecture of a Library in a Digital World. (85-88. ss.). Bingley : Emerald. http://books.emeraldinsight.com/page/detail/The-Flipped-Approach-to-Higher-Education/?k=9781786357441
Introduction: As a librarian with over 25 years of experience, I can say that the past five years have seen more rapid change than the rest of my time in the field. Technological disruptions are changing how libraries are used and how they provide resources to students. These rapid changes have brought opportunities and transformation as well as challenges and uncertainty. University libraries are at the forefront of these changes and, I believe, have a responsibility to assist in developing pathways for both university and public libraries to negotiate through the uncertainty that currently exists. What I aim to put in place at MEF University, and then use as a model for other libraries converting to the needs of digital learners is as follows. My vision is to produce innovative and “smart” high-quality information services in adherence to academic ethical rules; to undertake a leadership role among national and regional academic libraries through individual and institutional cooperation and effective use of communication channels. The Architecture of a Library in a Digital World : With regard to architecture, how libraries are set up has gone through a radical change. At MEF, in order to accommodate the digital needs of today’s students, the library has been specifically designed to incorporate workspaces with access to electric points and a strong Wi-Fi connection. The Successes of Using Digital Materials: While some hard copy books and journals are available in the MEF Library, the majority of resources are electronic. Students and instructors are provided with online access to digital resources, which they can access 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The Challenges of Using Digital Materials: While we have seen successes in our architectural model and also in our digital access model, challenges are also arising. What is emerging is that neither publishers nor institutional consumers seem to be quite ready for the shifting needs that have taken place due to the digital revolution. Academic Integrity in a Digital World: Finally, it is important to touch upon issues of academic integrity. More than ever, it is easier to fall into plagiarism when using digital materials, whether intentionally or unintentionally. Students need clear training on understanding what academic integrity encompasses, and how to avoid plagiarism. Conclusion : What libraries look like, how they are used, and how they are stocked and lend books has changed rapidly over the past twenty years. This will continue to change at an exponential rate as new technological modes of accessing knowledge and learning emerge.
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