The mission of the university library is to support education, research and cooperation at the Linnaeus University and to collaborate with the Swedish library sector. The work is carried out in dialogue with students, teachers and researchers at the university.
The University Library sets up its operational plans for a period of three years.
The University Library is organised directly under the Vice-Chancellor but is also closely connected to the Council for Education and Learning as well as the Research Council concerning preparation for and consultation on strategic matters. Up until 2018 the library was governed by a Library Board.
The Library Director has the overall management responsibility for the library and is responsible that the library is managed according to its agreed objectives and strategies and in a cost-effective and professional manner. The majority of the library’s activities is organized in four sections: Media Management, Research Support, Learning Support and Higher Education Development. The section Media Management comprises the functions Metadata and Media and the section Learning Support comprises the functions Meeting Space and Teaching and Learning. The unit Infrastructure and staff responsible for finance and communication are organised under the Library Director, which also applies for activities within The Cultural University.
The Media section works to provide an up-to-date collection of high quality and relevance to research and education at the university, available both online and in the physical library. This work is carried out in close dialogue with the faculties and university department representatives. For students this includes course literature and information resources relevant to their education; for researchers it includes access to scholarly material necessary for their research. The section also works to describe the contents of the collection using metadata (data about data) in order to facilitate navigation in the library, in the databases and on the library website.
The section includes the Medical e-library for employees in Kalmar regional authority. It is a five-year commitment (2015-2020) and the task is to provide library services and supply of relevant media to all health sector employees in the region.
The research support section offers support in questions about scientific publication, bibliometrics and Open Access as well as in issues concerning the accessibility of research data. Linnaeus University Press is part of this section, publishing research publications and with support for scientific publication. The section is responsible for DiVA which is the university’s publication system for research publications and student theses. All students, researchers, and staff members at Linnaeus University must register their publications in DiVA as well as publish them in full text to the extent possible. The section provides the university management with publication statistics from DiVA for the annual report and for the distribution of funding for scientific publication. The section is responsible for the development of the library’s support and training of the university’s post-graduates and researchers. Furthermore, the function is responsible for the preservation and accessibility of the library’s archive collections.
Learning Support is responsible for the University Library’s teaching and tutoring in information searching, information skills, academic writing, study skills and oral presentations. The work is organized through the Academic Support Centre and the subject librarians responsible for different faculties. The goal is to be well-integrated within each program based on the needs of the students and through a close collaboration with program coordinators. Additionally, offering quality digital resources is a main area of support. The section also coordinates the library’s information desk, service for distance students and service for students with learning disabilities. The section is continually developing the library’s learning environments and aims to provide professional meetings in a stimulating and practical setting.
Higher Education Development
Higher Education Development gathers expertise within the areas of higher education, competence development processes and ICT learning with the purpose of supporting education and competence development at Linnaeus University. We act both as consultants and offer different kinds of competence development for all members of staff, as well as qualifying courses that are required for higher education teaching. Furthermore, we are responsible for the university’s digital education environment; that is, the learning platform, video systems, evaluation systems and other systems that support student learning.
Infrastructure is responsible for the library systems, publication systems, search systems for e-resources and other systems within the unit Information and Publication Support. The group is also responsible for coordinating the acquisition of hardware and software for the library. The group is led by an administrative manager with responsibility for both development and the everyday work in the group's area of responsibility.
Learning environment is responsible for the learning platform, video systems, evaluation systems and other systems within the unit Learning Environment. The group is led by an administrative manager with responsibility for both development and the everyday work in the group's area of responsibility.