Göttingen State and University Library’s Strategy 2018-2021

In the coming years, Göttingen State and University Library will raise its profile as a reliable institution for high-class scholarly information and as an indispensable partner for digital services on the Göttingen Campus. As a place, it will be open, helpful and innovative; at a local, national and global level, it will foster knowledge as a public good.

Strategy as a continuous practical activity

To implement our strategy, we have established an annual cycle that allows us to plan specific projects for the year ahead. We publish all our projects on the internet, where they are open to comments and suggestions to enable interaction. Our strategy for 2018-2021 provides the basis for an effective innovation process with stakeholders from inside and outside of the library. Thus, Göttingen State and University Library becomes a learning institution continuously integrating upcoming user needs into its services that evolve around learning, teaching and research.

Overall goal: Quality of Service as a trademark

Our overarching goal for the years 2018-2021 is to further develop our trademark of service quality. Together with students, teachers and researchers we will develop an understanding of how to measure service quality in the 21st century. Firmly enshrined expectations around the printed book and the library building are key factors for the trust that libraries enjoy. Göttingen State and University Library has established itself as a driving force in digital transformation. In an active dialogue with our stakeholders, we will develop (a) a simple and comprehensible service description, (b) service quality and key performance indicators, and (c) models on how to implement and advance these indicators and services.

We have defined five specific strategic goals:

1. Learning and Research Environments “Further develop 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.

Projects for 2018

  • Expansion of digital literacy learning services for students
  • New search tool for scientific literature (“discovery service”)
  • Improved self-service in (inter-library) loan services
  • Diversity-friendly development of the Waldweg Library as a central learning, teaching and research venue for the training of teachers

Further plans

  • Establishment of a “Digital Creative Space” in the Central Library as a platform for interdisciplinary collaboration
  • Initiative to improve the usability of our digital services (user experience)

2. Literature Supply “Maximize Open Access”

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

Projects for 2018

  • Expanding e-book offers
  • Opening the portal for journals “DigiZeitschriften”
  • Develop an internet platform for orphan digital content
  • Development of the office for the consortium for Lower-Saxony

Further planning

  • Expansion of the Centre of Competence for Licensing of Electronic Resources and Print Material
  • Optimization of the user-friendly access to e-publications
  • Transformation of journals into Open Access

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.

Projects for 2018

  • Research Portal “Göttingen Research Online” for bibliographic data
  • Service for publishing digital editions
  • Concept for scientific journals at Göttingen University Press and within the library’s Service-Portfolio

Further planning

  • Advancing services for the Open Access publication fund
  • Widening of consulting services around Open Access and Open Science
  • Service development for bibliometrics and analytics around scientific communication
  • Service development to support video-based scientific communication

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.

Projects for 2018
Research data repository for citable data publishing and long-term preservation

  • Registry and booking-system for large research instruments at Göttingen University
  • Tool for the creation of data-management-plans
  • Discipline-specific counselling on research data (expansion)
  • Support for the Göttingen initiatives for clusters of excellence

Further planning

  • Contribution to the Campus Data Science Institute
  • Lab for virtual reality
  • National and international digital infrastructure for the humanities, social sciences and STEM.

5. Cultural Heritage “Spread digital collections”

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

Projects for 2018

  • Gutenberg-Year 2018: New digital Gutenberg Bible
  • Publication of digitized unpublished works and manuscripts
  • Index of fragments of manuscripts in the international project Fragmentarium

Further planning

  • Expansion of the services of the University Archive
  • Improvement of the accessibility of collections in cooperation with the university’s Centre for Collection Development and VZG
  • Portal for Geographic material

Political goal: “Contributing to a global information commons”

Göttingen State and University Library leads and participates in many third party funded projects that are part of the fulfilment of its strategy for 2018-2021 and contribute to a global information commons. We are invested in political groups on scholarship and in scientific management to learn from others, share valuable experience and master the digital transformation together. Our commitment for a research-friendly information infrastructure will be further developed – locally, regionally, nationally and internationally.