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Development plan 2018–2023

Introduction

This development plan will guide the library in our ambition to act as professional support to the education, research and collaboration at KTH over the next five years. The plan has taken shape both through examining KTH strategic documents and through workshops with the library staff.

The library’s organization is essentially based on the Libraries Act, which states that libraries “shall promote the development of a democratic society by contributing to the transfer of knowledge and the free formation of opinions”. Promoting these values is of utmost importance in the world today, where much emphasis must be placed on being able to correctly evaluate different sources. KTH should lead when it comes to education, research and collaboration, and thus needs organizational support functions that lead.

This development plan describes how the library can contribute to KTH becoming a “leading technical and international university creating knowledge and competence for a sustainable future”. The plan outlines how the library can be an arena for collaboration, promote open access publishing, assist in disseminating KTH’s research findings, support the academic and digital skills of students and doctoral students, and provide the foundation on which strategic decisions can be made.

KTH has an amazing library with committed and skilful staff, all of whom are committed to further contributing to creating a leading library for a leading KTH.

Stockholm, May 2018
Maria Haglund, Head librarian

Two young women walks through the main hall at KTH Library
Photo: Fredrik Persson

External environment factors

A KTH for a more digitalized world

Digitalization has always had an impact on libraries, as they have a tradition of using new technology to render library services more effective. Scientific information today is primarily digital, which has changed the working methods for education and research now that scientific information is available on phones, tablets and computers.

Today, digitalization makes new working methods possible, such as rendering administrative flows more efficient, analysing and visualizing research findings, and further developing both teaching methods and laboratory infrastructure. The library needs to cooperate with the other support functions at KTH to ensure that research and education receive all the support made possible by digitalization.

A KTH in a global world

KTH’s organization as a whole must be characterized by international integration, and the library should contribute to this by being an active collaborative partner and by working internationally. The library is an important meeting place for intercultural exchange, and consequently also for many international students. The library should actively work towards developing strategic collaborations with both European and non-European partners, and also partake in international collaborations for global development.

A KTH for a more sustainable world and an equal-opportunity KTH

A large part of all research at KTH can be linked to one or more of the UN’s 17 sustainable development goals, and they should be well-known within the library organization. Sustainable development and equal opportunities are important factors both in the library’s day-to-day operational activities and in the development work. The library staff favours alternative means of transport, such as train travel instead of air travel, and we constantly strive to develop the library from a sustainable development and equal opportunities perspective.

Open access to research findings

In the research proposition 2016, the government established that all publications and research findings shall be openly available to everyone within ten years. Open access to research findings contributes to the development of the society as a whole by being accessible to everyone. The library should play an active part in the switchover to an open access environment, and also strive to increase the rating of open access research findings.

The library as an arena

Lecture in Ångdomen

To contribute to an open KTH and to help make research and education at KTH visible, the library should be a hub when it comes to the exchange of information and the dissemination of knowledge between researchers, students and administrative staff, beyond the organizational boundaries at KTH.

The library premises should develop in accord with the rest of the laboratory infrastructure at campus KTH, focusing on collaboration, cocreation, technology and innovation. The library should also contribute to the development of KTH’s laboratory infrastructure, for instance Makerspaces.

KTH Library should:

  • Work to develop the library as an arena for exchanging experiences in research and education
  • Collaborate with all of KTH to find new ways of disseminating and draw attention to KTH research, through for example workshops, seminars and lectures
  • Contribute to the development of KTH’s creative, innovative and laboratory infrastructure

Access to scientific information and dissemination of KTH research findings

A hand takes out a book from a book shelf

Accessing scientific information has been made easier though the technological development. Today, researchers and students have instant access to easy-to-use search services with a large supply of digital material. More information than ever is available, and this information is distributed by many different sources, with a varying degree of reliability. As a consequence, the importance of being able to critically assess sources has never been greater.

KTH research should be made visible to both the international scientific community and society at large. The library offers advice and support in publication matters, and also aims to make as much as possible available to as many as possible. The library strives to make openness the foundation in a future publication system, and collaborates on both
national and international level to make this change happen.

KTH Library should:

  • Provide scientific information to education and research at KTH, in close dialogue with teachers and researchers
  • Contribute to the development of the skills that students and researchers need to navigate the information environment
  • Contribute to the dissemination of KTH research findings through strategic publication support and by promoting open access to research findings
  • Establish a coordinative support around the handling of research data
  • Promote the switchover to an open access system for research findings through national and international collaboration

The library as a part of KTH education and research – an integrated library 

A librarian has a tutorial for students at a table

To be able to contribute to KTH research and education in the best way possible, the library must be an integrated partner in the research and educational processes. The library needs to have a close collaboration with both the education and the research projects at KTH, and to be available to KTH researchers and students who currently reside outside Sweden.

The library should introduce students to the academic context and help both students and doctoral students develop their academic and digital skills to enable them to succeed in their academic achievements and prepare them for a professional life, which also contributes to lifelong learning.

Interdisciplinary and global collaborations are often research prerequisites that the library has to take into account when developing new services. Through a close collaboration with the research community, the library can contribute to and help streamline various parts of the research process, such as strategic publication support, data management, visualization, follow-up and evaluation of research findings.

KTH Library should:

  • Develop a strategic collaboration at management and school level for dialogue and the setting of a common agenda
  • Be instrumental in strengthening the academic and digital skills of the students and doctoral students at KTH
  • Offer support throughout the entire research process in collaboration with other operators at KTH

Analyses for strategic decisions

Two co-workers at KTH Library talks to each other.

The management, the schools and the research teams at KTH all need support to be able to make strategic choices and informed decisions, and the library therefore has to offer help with different kinds of analyses, using for example bibliometric methods. These analyses can then be used for evaluation and follow-up, and to better understand research processes.

To ensure that the library is at the forefront in this area, it is important to continuously refine and develop our methods, based on the most recent research.

KTH Library should:

  • Support research groups with for instance application processes, and also offer support to make sure researchers better understand the collaborative possibilities within their respective fields of research
  • Offer strategic support to all KTH management functions
  • Help strengthen the capacity for Research Intelligence through collaboration with other parts of KTH, such as Research Office

Preconditions: a strong and adjustable organization 

KTH Library entrance in winter

The library should have a work environment where dedicated staff can develop and grow. Continuous skills development and focus on leadership and employeeship will increase the library’s ability to meet new challenges. Evaluation, continuous improvements and user-oriented methods characterize the work we do, which leads to the development of new services.

To succeed in our mission, the library must collaborate with many different actors both within and outside KTH, and also form strong relationships with students, researchers and administrative staff in order to demonstrate how the work we do in the library can create added value.

KTH Library should:

  • Develop an organization that is adaptable, innovative and educational, and which focuses on a committed leader- and employeeship
  • Work together to develop services and partnerships which make the library an efficient and relevant organization within KTH – locally, nationally and internationally
  • Constantly strive to improve the organization, with user-oriented methods as a starting point
  • Communicate what the library has to offer, and how this creates added value to the organization