Strategic goals and results in 2019

1. Learning and Research Environments “Enhancing open spaces for working and information”

Increase the range and accessibility of individual workspaces and information delivery services in our library buildings and on the internet.

Measures for 2019

  • Extended self-service in the lending department with a focus on automated returns
  • Extension of the maker space in the Medical Library, Establishment of new maker spaces in the Physics Divisional Library and the Forestry Divisional Library
  • Expansion of the services and events in the area of information technology and Digital Competencies
  • New research tool for scientific literature (‘Discovery Service’)

Other planning 2019

  • ‘Digital Creative Space’ in the Central Library as a platform for interdisciplinary cooperation
  • New signage system for the Central Library of the Göttingen State and University Library
  • Individually bookable consultations by our information specialists

Results 2019

  • Extended self-service in the lending department with a focus on automated returns

    • Self-Service return stations in the Cultural Studies Divisional Library
    • Self-check-out terminals in the Medical Library, Physics Divisional Library and Forestry Divisional Library

  • Extension of the Makerspaces in the Medical Library, Establishment of new maker spaces in the Physics Divisional Library and Forestry Divisional Library – Provision of high-quality 3D printers as well as training courses to introduce 3D technology
  • ‘Digital Creative Space’ in the Central Library as a platform for interdisciplinary cooperation – Start of construction and implementation of the ‘Digital Creative Space’
  • Signage system for the Central Library of the Göttingen State and University Library – Concept development for a holistic signage system

2. Provision of academic literature “Maximizing Open Access”

By further developing local, national and international services, we will increase the ratio of Open Access in scholarly information.

Measures for 2019

  • Development of Open Access publication in licensed journals
  • Offering of digital publishing content that is no longer available via a dedicated Internet platform (‘self-hosting’)
  • Optimization of user-friendly access to e-media
  • Opening of the journal portal ‘DigiZeitschriften’

Other planning 2019

  • Expansion of the Center of Competence for Licensing of Electronic Resources and Print Material
  • Transformation of journals and e-books into Open Access

Results 2019

  • Open Access Publishing at Wiley within the framework of DEAL
  • Extension of the offer of no longer available digital publishing contents in the ‘own hosting’ of the Göttingen State and University Library
  • Introduction of external access to e-media via VPN
  • Extension of the Center of Competence for Licensing of Electronic Resources

3. Publication Services “Foster visibility for Göttingen research results”

Foster services for high-class publications with international impact and develop useful KPIs for conventional and innovative scientific communication.

Measures for 2019

  • Research portal ‘Göttingen Research Online’ for publication data management
  • Concept for scientific journals at Göttingen University Press and within the library's Service-Portfolio
  • Further development of the range of services within the publication funding
  • Establishing services on bibliometrics and studies of the academic system

Other planning 2019

  • Expanding the range of consultation services in the context of Open Access and Open Science (e. g. ORCID as a persistent identifier for authors)
  • Building up services to support video-based science communication

Results 2019

  • Soft launch of GRO.publications
  • Continuation of concept development for journal hosting for Göttingen University Press and Göttingen State and University Library and implementation of software adaptations and extensions on the basis of a concrete journal
  • Funding of a first book publication project via the publication funding

4. Research Services “Shaping digital research together”

Systematically establish and innovatively develop Göttingen State and University Library's participation in research and teaching on digital content and methods on Göttingen Campus. We pursue this goal in the eResearch Alliance.

Measures for 2019

  • Repository for the permanent storage and citable publication of research data
  • Verification and booking system for large-scale experimental equipment at the University of Göttingen
  • Tools for creating data management plans
  • Specialist advice on research data management (expansion)
  • Support of the Göttingen Excellence Cluster Initiatives

Other planning 2019

  • Contributions to the Campus Institute Data Science
  • Laboratory for Virtual Reality
  • Supraregional and international digital infrastructure offers for the humanities, social and natural sciences

Results 2019

  • Specialist advice on research data management (expansion)
  • Support of the Göttingen Excellence Cluster Initiatives
  • Contributions to the Campus Institute Data Science
  • Laboratory for Virtual Reality
  • Supraregional and international digital infrastructure offers for the humanities, social and natural sciences

5. Cultural Heritage “Spreading digital collections”

Deeper development of the historic collection of the library (prints, manuscripts, unpublished works) for research and teaching by providing metadata, digitisation and digital services.

Measures for 2019

  • Planning on the Restoration of early cartographic national surveys of Great Britain
  • Project for cataloguing and digitising the library of the Albrecht Thaer Society (duration 2019-2020)
  • Organisation of the annual conference of the working group for the collection, indexing and preservation of historical book covers (including exhibition)
  • Extension of the digital presentation in the Göttingen Digitisation Centre by existing digitized material from the area of the former photo department

Other planning 2019

  • Expansion of the Göttingen University Archive
  • Improved accessibility of the collections in cooperation with the Göttingen Central Custody and the Head Office of the Common Library Network

Results 2019