In the Spotlight with Griffith University’s Director of Library and Learning Services: How Griffith University is Creating Library Services that Meet Modern Student Expectations

In the Spotlight with Griffith University’s Director of Library and Learning Services:  How Griffith University is Creating Library Services that Meet Modern Student Expectations

With the expansion of digital media, the rise of e-books and massive budget cuts, the end of libraries has been predicted many times over. And while it is true that library budgets have been slashed, libraries are not exactly dying. In fact, libraries are evolving.

The Queensland based Griffith University for example has been working for the past eight years to provide its 45,000 strong student cohort, spread across 6 campuses – five physical and one digital which offers a range of online courses – with library products and services that meet modern student needs and expectations.

As such they’ve worked to create lean library services that offer on demand content by spending 99 per cent of library resource budgets on digital resources, and reducing the physical footprint of collections across all campuses by 50 per cent by 2020.  

Exploring this transformation is Maureen Sullivan, Director of Library and Learning Services at Griffith University. Ahead of the Next Generation Libraries Summit 2019 Maureen chats to us about the challenges prompting a rejuvenation of long-standing library services, and explores in more detail how Griffith worked to embrace disruption, not shy away from it. 


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