Fearing Change? It’s Only Natural

Kevin Stehr, Vice President, ProQuest Change is always around the corner – so why do we resist it so consistently? Harvard Business Review tackled that question in 2012 and came up with their Top Ten reasons – many of which sound so familiar in a library environment. They list “loss of control,” “everything seems different,” “more work” and the

Space Reclamation is a Change Driver in Libraries

Kevin Stehr, Vice President, ProQuest A sweeping survey of space reclamation “There are things we could provide to students and faculty if only we had more space available.” “We’ve given up some of our areas to other university groups, so space has become a premium item.” “Balancing use of space is key – there are

The Relevance of Librarians to Research Discovery

In a recent Inside Higher Ed article focusing on the latest “Greta Van Susteren vs. library” controversy, we are reminded by Edward Van Gemert, university librarian at the University of Wisconsin, that “the library facilitates access to content, both online and through in-person visits” to support “research, teaching and learning.” As pointed out throughout this article, the

The Library’s Buzz – October 2016

Dani Guzman, Product Marketing Director, Ex Libris October was the International School Library Month, a perfect time to look at the buzz around the future of libraries. Several articles this month highlight the ever-present tension between increasing digitization and maintaining physical library assets – from imagining what some of the world’s most well-known libraries would

Making Content Neutrality a Key Factor: 12 Questions to Ask Your Discovery Vendor

Eddie Neuwirth, Director of Product Management – Discovery Services, Ex Libris Every library is unique in some way, so it is logical that libraries need to take different approaches to evaluating which discovery service might be right for them. There have been a significant number of published papers and conference presentations in recent years about how