IFLA ARL Webinar Series

This session is the first in a series of presentations on topics relevant to Academic & Research Libraries. 

Title:  The Future is a Moving Goal Post: Change Management in Academic Libraries
Presenter:     Gulcin Cribb, University Librarian, Singapore Management University
Date & Time:    Apr 12, 2019 4:00 PM Singapore

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Future is a moving goal post: academic libraries and change

Libraries and librarians have been going through major changes in recent times. Advocacy, marketing, promotion, communication, outreach, engagement, innovation, creation and demonstration of value for the stakeholders have never been more critical and urgent.

What are the reasons and drivers for change? How do libraries approach, plan, implement, and evaluate change and align themselves to their parent institutions? What types of communication with stakeholders (both external and internal) do we plan and use regarding change? What kind of leadership is needed for ‘change’ initiatives? How do we make sure that our talent pool possesses the skills, competencies and the culture to take ownership of these initiatives and implement the changes in a sustainable way? How do we inspire engagement, nurture thought leadership and advocacy, so that continuous change is owned and embedded, alongside agility and relevance to the current priorities of our parent institutions?

The presentation will address the above by focusing on what value the Library adds to its parent institution’s strategic vision using Singapore Management University as a case study. Areas of focus will be on learning spaces, the continuum of physical and virtual services/experiences, change management, communication strategies, staff development and strategic alliances.

Presenter Bio:

Gulcin Cribb is the University Librarian at Singapore Management University and has held that position since 2012. Prior to that, she was the Founding Director of Libraries at Ozyegin University in Istanbul, Turkey, from 2008 to 2011. Her previous roles include Director of Information Services (responsible for both Library and IT) at Bond University (2001-2008), and Executive Manager of Physical Sciences & Engineering Library (1996-2001) and Manager of Library Multimedia Services (1986-1996) at the University of Queensland in Australia

Gulcin’s roles has extensive experience in the areas of research support, publishing, digitisation, technology management, strategic management, innovation, learning spaces, information literacy, library-faculty-industry partnerships, marketing and virtual libraries. Gulcin has been involved in a number of ‘change management’ and space renovation initiatives in libraries in Australia, Turkey and Singapore.

Gulcin was previously a member of the IFLA Standing Committee for Academic and Research Libraries. She was listed in ‘Who’s Who of Australian Women – Leadership and Beyond, 2007 -2017.

This session is the first in a series of presentations on topics relevant to Academic & Research Libraries.  Look out for our next session in late April, when Ursula Arning will present an Introduction to Open Access.