The overarching mission of the University Library is to provide extensive support for education, research, and collaboration. Serving as a vibrant learning environment and a vital information hub, the University Library offers valuable resources, promotes knowledge sharing, and facilitates educational pursuits. Our endeavours are carried out through active engagement and dialogue with the university's students, faculty, and researchers.
University Library Organization
The University Library operates under the authority of the Vice-Chancellor. The Library Board holds the overall responsibility for governing the University Library and provides a platform for discussions on priorities and strategic direction. The Library Director is accountable for guiding and advancing the University Library's activities, aligned with established goals and strategies, and ensuring efficient and professional operations.
The library’s operations are primarily structured into four sections: Media, Scholarly Communication, Library Learning Services, and Higher Education Development. The Infrastructure Unit and the personnel handling finance and communication are placed under the supervision of the Library Director, in addition to the activities related to the Cultural University.
The Section for Media strives to provide an extensive and up-to-date collection of resources of exceptional quality, catering to the needs of the university community. These resources are accessible through both online platforms and the physical library. The section maintains a collaborative relationship with faculty members and representatives from various university departments to ensure the relevance and adequacy of the collection.
For students, the section focuses on providing course literature and information resources that directly support their educational endeavours. Researchers, on the other hand, benefit from the section´s efforts to secure access to scholarly materials crucial to their research pursuits. Additionally, the section diligently employs metadata (information about the resources) to enhance the discoverability and navigation of the library, databases, and library website, facilitating seamless access to the desired materials.
The Section for Media also includes the Medical e-library, which serves employees in the Kalmar region's healthcare sector. The primary objective of this initiative is to deliver comprehensive library services and provide a diverse range of relevant media resources to support the professional development and information needs of all healthcare professionals in the region.
The Section for Scholarly Communication plays a vital role in offering comprehensive support regarding scholarly publishing, bibliometrics, Open Access, and research data accessibility. Within this section, Linnaeus University Press undertakes the task of publishing research publications and providing guidance in scholarly publishing matters. A key responsibility of the section is overseeing DiVA, the university's publication system for research publications and student theses. At Linnaeus University, it is mandatory for all students, researchers, and staff to register their publications in DiVA and, whenever possible, make them available in full text.
Additionally, the section ensures the provision of publication statistics from DiVA for annual reports and internal resource allocation purposes. Moreover, the section dedicates efforts to enhance the library's support and training programs for the university's doctoral students and researchers. It also undertakes the important role of preserving and facilitating access to the library's archival collections.
Library Learning Services
Library Learning Services is dedicated to facilitating students' academic growth and fostering lifelong learning by promoting information literacy, with an emphasis on critical thinking. To achieve this objective, the section provides a diverse range of learning opportunities, initiated by both the library and faculty members.
The Library Learning Services assumes overall responsibility for coordinating and enhancing the University Library's physical meeting spaces and learning environments. This includes managing the facilities and areas utilized for teaching and consultations conducted by library staff.
The section also takes charge of coordinating services and resources aimed at ensuring the accessibility of the library's collections. This includes generous library opening hours, staffed information services, as well as services such as invoicing for overdue books, distance support, and assistance with accessible books. It is important to note that the University Library's collections and facilities are open to the general public, and thus, certain services are extended to all visitors.
Higher Education Development
Higher Education Development comprises a team of experts in higher education, competence development processes, and ICT learning. The primary purpose is to support education and competence development at Linnaeus University. Acting as both consultants and providers of various competence development initiatives, we offer opportunities for all staff members, including the mandatory courses required for teaching in higher education.
Additionally, Higher Education Development is responsible for managing the university's digital education environment, which includes the learning platform, video systems, evaluation systems, and other tools that facilitate student learning.
In the autumn of 2018, the University Library achieved the distinction of becoming the first LGBTQ+-certified university library in Sweden. LGBTQ+ certification signifies that all members of our staff have undergone training to enhance their understanding and application of a more inclusive and non-normative approach. At the University Library, our objective is to cultivate a safe, inclusive, and welcoming environment for all individuals.