Free Resources

Our videos, white papers, snapshots, and Freebooks focus on the latest research into key topics for librarians. We are pleased to provide these resources to you at no cost!

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White Papers

 Surveys, Statistics, Narrative: Communicating Library Value to Administrators

Surveys, Statistics, Narrative: Communicating Library Value to Administrators

Following 2016's Creative, Evolving, Relevant: Communicating the Library's Value, which focused on the ways librarians communicate the library's value to students and faculty members, this white paper explores the ways librarians communicate value to decision-makers such as university administrators.

Creative, Evolving, Relevant: Communicating the Library’s Value

Creative, Evolving, Relevant: Communicating the Library’s Value

This White Paper is the first of its kind from Taylor & Francis: Working in partnership to create an expanded perspective on our communities – sharing trends and themes that broaden the discussion and inspire new ideas.

 


 The Digital Landscape: A View for the Library

The Digital Landscape: A View for the Library

Technological advances are transforming academic libraries. In the midst of this constantly evolving environment, libraries need to ensure that they are still relevant to their users. This is often at the forefront of industry commentary, reflecting the importance and the scale of the challenges. However, there are gaps in the commentary – this research seeks to fill these gaps, revealing areas where libraries must take action in order to provide a thorough service in a world which is increasingly impacted by developments in digital technology. Download Your Free Copy by completing the form!
Marketing Academic Library Resources and Services

Marketing Academic Library Resources and Services

Marketing and outreach are the backbone of an academic library’s advocacy. In order to advocate successfully, libraries need to determine who their constituents are and how to best market their programs and services to them. Fill out the form to the right to receive your free download of the white paper Marketing Academic Library Resources & Services, a collaborative white paper of Taylor & Francis and Choice.

 

Snapshots

 The Visible Library: 5 Ways to See and Be Seen in Your University Community

The Visible Library: 5 Ways to See and Be Seen in Your University Community

Read these invaluable insights into how you can make the library more visible to your university communities.

 Questions and Answers: 4 Key Takeaways from the T&F Charleston Library Conference Panel Q&A

Questions and Answers: 4 Key Takeaways from the T&F Charleston Library Conference Panel Q&A

Read about the real issues that librarians face as they work to advocate for themselves and their libraries as crucial aspects of the university community.

 Three innovative ways that librarians are supporting their patrons

Three innovative ways that librarians are supporting their patrons

Throughout this year we have had some great conversations with librarians at conferences and on visits. We’ve heard about many exciting ways that librarians are responding to their patrons’ ever-evolving needs, and so we picked three which were too good to not share! Why not consider implementing something similar for your library?

FreeBooks

Lean for Librarians: in Theory and in Practice

Lean for Librarians: in Theory and in Practice

This FreeBook outlines some of the core ideas and techniques needed for thinking Lean, following each new principle with a case study from a library at an institution in the UK.

User Experience in the Library FreeBook

User Experience in the Library FreeBook

This FreeBook provides a clear introduction to human-centered design, ethnographic methods, information access and exchange, as well as the use of physical space in the library – all of which is in light of the User Experience (UX) in the library.

Digital Ethnography in the Library

Digital Ethnography in the Library

This FreeBook provides a discussion on traditional usability work as a subset of ethnographic practices, providing a road to transforming institutional practices – all of which is in light of Digital Ethnography in the library.

Digital Resources in the Library

Digital Resources in the Library

This FreeBook provides an exploration of the collective use of print and digital to style libraries as the key players in the academic world of the future, and the digital age – all of which is in light of Digital Resources in the Library.

Social Media in the Library

Social Media in the Library

This FreeBook provides suggestions on how librarians, and academics, can use social media to improve audience engagement, create a community of users, and enhance the libraries profile – all of which is in light of Social Media in the Library.

Metadata Practices in the Library

Metadata Practices in the Library

This FreeBook provides a consideration around shifting scholarly publishing, open access, and declining library funding on collection budgets and digital accessibility to print resources – all of which is in light of Metadata Practices in the Library.

Professional Development

Professional Development

Analysing your career path can be a daunting thought, and it can be difficult to know where to start when it comes to planning your progression. Whether you are just starting out as a librarian, mid-career, or simply looking to acquire new skills, this FreeBook has been created as a helpful resource to support you on your journey. From e-Learning to developing and implementing Personal Learning Plans, this FreeBook provides an overview of expert methods and advice for professionals looking to develop their careers in Librarianship. This resource contains case studies from institutions in the United Kingdom and America, as well as practical guidance on how professional development strategies can be implemented in any library.

Professional Development: Reference Librarianship (Extra Chapters)

Professional Development: Reference Librarianship (Extra Chapters)

As a continuation of our Professional Development FreeBook for librarians, we have put together a selection of free chapters and articles highlighting key values and skills needed for a Reference Librarian position, as well as how the field is evolving. The resource combines excerpts from a range of key books and journals in this area, so whether you are a Reference Librarian already, or looking to move into the profession, these chapters are for you.

Leveraging Budget in the Library

Leveraging Budget in the Library

With a shift in the economic landscape, librarians have been forced to reevaluate traditional services and their relevance to their academic institutions. This FreeBook thus provides library practitioners and students of Library and Information Science (LIS) with advice on how to find new ways of offering services, in light of tighter constraints on budgets, via adapting entrepreneurial techniques to build capital, while raising the library’s profile to increase awareness of services to protect needed funding.

Physical Space in the Library

Physical Space in the Library

For many decades space was a solely architectural and practical issue, but now library space can be more than just functional. This FreeBook thus provides library practitioners and students of Library and Information Science (LIS) with an exploration of library space as multifaceted, with different social, cultural, and objective meanings, while also fostering, motivating, and inspiring collaborative and informal learning processes – all of which is in light of Physical Space in the Library.

Key Skills for Library Managers: Leadership

Key Skills for Library Managers: Leadership

As a senior librarian, or a librarian managing a team, it is likely that you may often be placed in situations where the attributes of leadership need to be shown. Drawing on book chapters featuring helpful tips, expert advice and real-life examples, this FreeBook will help you to: define leadership, identify your own leadership style, understand the core competencies of a good leader, recognise the impact of dysfunctional leadership, and appreciate the role of kindness in leadership.

Videos

To develop our products and services and deliver the best possible customer experiences, we consistently consider our customers’ opinions and draw on their voices. The video collection below represents new Taylor & Francis initiatives as well as recent events that we have attended.