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 library and the Economics and Business and Spatial Sciences library into the Zernike Library. Since mid-October, there is one joint library for these three University faculties at Zernike.
In a short period of time, a 2.2 km selection of the original 5.5 kilometres of books was made in consultation with faculty staff and in cooperation with several colleagues. This collection is on open shelves in the Duisenberg Building under the new name ‘Zernike Library’.
Library staff have done a tremendous amount of work to make this merger a success – a merger that, besides a revision of the open collection, also involved changes to procedures, task distribution and new partnerships.
Expansion of the collection and facilities
Apart from just cuts, the collection has undergone some expansions as well:
- The order-suggestion profiles have been expanded and improved for the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences (FWN). Life Sciences has acquired a digital magazine archive.
- The Faculty of Economics and Business (FEB) has been given access to an increased range of financial and economic data.
- The Faculty of Spatial Sciences (FRW) can now consult an increased range of relevant e-books.
- A Data Room for researchers at the University of Groningen was set up in the Zernike Library in 2012. Here researchers can, by appointment, consult specific databases via remote access, such as historical documents from databases from Bureau van Dijk and microdata from Statistics Netherlands (CBS).