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The physical library has survived the advance of non-tactile materials in digital format, as a space for learning, inter-action and knowledge & information seeking. At DTU Library we are dedicated to advancing the idea and concept of the “smart library”  - which can contribute to research at the university and, perhaps more importantly, contribute to an understanding and analysis of patrons’ behavior in order to develop services based on various forms of data which reflect how patrons are using and moving within the physical library space itself. Like the thinking behind the smart city, the smart library seeks to harness the library’s assets, promote innovation and improve efficiency.

Our session will present 3 institutional cases outlining the thinking behind their version of the smart library and will invite the audience to comment and discuss these cases, also with an idea to proposing new ideas and improvements. Information will be made available beforehand on the Next Library website, so participants can acquaint themselves with relevant material beforehand and a short video will be produced from the sessions and made available after the event.

We believe that the idea of the smart library means different things to different people and the goal and outcome of the session is not to have one narrowly defined term, but to collect and work with as many views and ideas as possible and try to identify emerging trends, sociological as well as technological, which can quality the work of interested library participants across boarders. A network of libraries working with the concept of smart library is to be attempted as part of the outcome.


Thomas Skov Jensen:  Information Consultant at DTU Library, DK

Andrew Cranfield: Team Leader at DTU Library, DK

Lars Binau: Team Leader at DTU Library, DK

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