I am delighted to share with you the results of the latest library customer satisfaction survey. For the third survey in a row, Bond Library is in the top 25% of all libraries in the Rodski database, which includes most Australian and New Zealand university libraries. I am indebted to all the students and staff who so willingly participated in the survey – your feedback is much appreciated. Highlights from the survey findings are presented in another article in this newsletter.
Bond Library has been achieving many “firsts” in recent months. We are the first Aleph (library system) user Library in Australia to upgrade its system to version 18 which gives us a number of enhancements as well as new facilities, for example ability to use the inter-library loans service within the library system.
e-publications@bond which is Bond’s institutional repository of research publications was recently launched by Professor Robert Stable, Vice-Chancellor and President. This new initiative brings together Bond’s research under one umbrella to preserve and provide access to our research globally.
e-publications@bond is searchable via Google and many other significant search engines. Bond theses can now be discovered through the Australian Digital Theses database which includes over 130,000 higher degree theses created in Australian universities.
I have recently returned from a two month consultancy for Bilkent University Library (a private, not-for-profit University supported by its foundation) in Ankara, Turkey. I was charged with the task of reviewing the Library’s activities, involvement in its academic community and its collections. This was an exciting and satisfying experience for me as I was able to communicate with the staff and students both in Turkish and English. This consultancy produced invaluable outcomes for both Bilkent Library and its customers whilst providing me with a satisfying learning experience in an international setting.