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Knowledge sessions

The Knowledge Sessions workgroup has the task of promoting expertise and meeting the need for activities that transcend location and sector. Short films, photos and PowerPoint presentations of the Knowledge Sessions that were held can be found on the library intranet (BINT). Sessions held in 2012 Retrodigitization Project (27 March 2012) Data and account management [...]

Human resources

Absenteeism data Absenteeism rate (after adjustment for long-term illness): 3.6% (which is consistent with the ‘Verbaan norm’, the average absenteeism rate for similar professions) Absenteeism frequency: 1.73 Size of the organization on 1 January 2013 123.3 FTE (including University Museum) 116.7 FTE (excluding University Museum) All employees are in permanent employment or with the prospect [...]

Alex Klugkist dies

Alex Klugkist, former librarian of the University of Groningen, died on Wednesday 15 August 2012. He had been ill for some time. Alex Klugkist studied Theology and Semitic Languages at the University of Groningen. This was followed by a short academic career in Groningen and Göttingen. He was director of the Central Applications and Placement [...]

Document processing – New Acquisitions

New Acquisitions started off the ‘Documents’ Path Optimization Implementation’ project in 2012 by checking the catalogued material less extensively. Descriptions already in use by other libraries will no longer be verified by the ‘checkers’. In late 2012, Information and Collection specialists started assigning subject indexing (basic classification and possibly keywords) and location numbers during the [...]

Acquisition / Periodicals Administration

The Acquisition group experienced an increase in workload in 2012. This increase can be partially explained by a shift from printed books to e-books. This means more work per order, but also an increase in the number of orders. The workload also increased as a result of long-term sick leave and secondment, which could only [...]

Periodicals group

The logistics have been made more ‘lean’ in the past year. Whereas the Periodicals Administration used to deliver the material (issues of periodicals but primarily volumes from monographic series) once a week, this now happens on a daily basis. This generates a better and faster flow of material. The group has spent a significant amount [...]

Library Zernike

There were three important developments at the Zernike Library in 2012: the merger of two specialist libraries into the Zernike Library the expansion of the collection and facilities the renewal of the Information Skills Teaching Programme Merger of libraries The most notable project in 2012 has been the merger of the Mathematics and Natural Sciences [...]

Law and Arts Libraries

Both faculty libraries in the Harmonie Building acquired new heads or acting heads – who also act as cluster librarian – and were asked to explore the practicality and desirability of cooperating more closely. Merging the two libraries into a joint Harmonie Library seemed a logical step. However, we were soon overtaken by the plans [...]

The first ‘invite others in’ in the UB

In 2012, a request to take up residence in the University Library was granted to a University service for the very first time. The new umbrella organization for (study) careers advice, NEXT, is now located on the first floor of the University Library. NEXT organizes various activities for students, such as open office hours, workshops, [...]

Lean working

The development of the library into a flexible organization makes lean working and a project-based approach not only desirable, but necessary. With that aim in mind, many library staff members participated in a Lean Workshop, while others attended the Prince 2 Foundation course.

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