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Key issues

Briefing papers and Webinars** on key issues

A new age for library metadata? (Webinar)

  1. Library management system to library services platform. Resource management for libraries: a new perspective
  2. Rethinking the library services platform
  3. The new role of the library in teaching and learning outcomes
  4. The student consumer and the rise of e-textbook platforms
  5. The rise of library centric reading list systems
  6. Aggregate and amplify – enhancing the value and use of theses and dissertations
  7. Open library systems – a new perspective
  8. New approaches to resource sharing

Library Systems


The aim of HELibTech is to provide a starting point for anyone interested in library technology in Higher Education. The focus is UK but most of the issues will be relevant elsewhere. Content on this wiki (though not external content) is open access. public domain (CC0 licensed ) so feel free to use and re-purpose it.

HELibTech originated in a major sector project: The JISC & SCONUL Library Management Systems Study: An evaluation and horizon scan of the current library management systems and related systems landscape for UK Higher Education. March 2008. HELibTech has enabled the work of that project to be kept up to date and expanded. The site uses the DokuWikis software.

Ken Chad Consulting set up the site and has taken on the role of 'WikiMaster' to encourage contributions, help contributors and protect the site from any malicious activity. However Ken Chad Consulting is not responsible for the content. Anyone can view and download the content (though bear in mind that content that we link to may have restrictions). Feel free to correct, add or edit content. Please keep content neutral and factual and avoid hype. Links can be make to external content. If you need help email Ken Chad (

Help improve the HELibTech site

The HELibTech community site is a resource for all library staff working in library technology, systems and resource discovery in Higher Education. We want to make sure the site meets your needs and as such would be grateful if you could share your views with us. The survey takes no more than a couple of minutes to complete and can be accessed here

Community editor for HELibTech

Ken Chad Consulting and PTFS-Europe have collaborated to offer a bursary for a community editor for Higher Education Library Technology . Paul Verlander has been appointed. Paul is an experienced information professional with over 15 years’ experience in Higher Education. HELibTech has been a valuable, free community resource for 15 years and Paul’s contribution will help to reinvigorate it and make it even more useful to the community.

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