Ari Muhonen, the director of Jyväskylä University’s Open Science Centre, has been elected as FUN’s next chair for the term 2021-2022.
Earlier in his career, Ari has worked as the director of University of Helsinki’s Viikki Campus Library, as well as the head librarian at Aalto University and Helsinki University of Technology. Ari is also an experienced author. Ari previously served as the chair of FUN’s predecessor, Council for Finnish University Libraries, for the term 2005-2006.
FUN is participating in organising the annual Bibliometrics Seminar, which is going to be held as a webinar on 22.9.2020. The theme of the event is “Considering the diversity of publishing along with different sources of information and research methods in research evaluation”.
The seminar is bilingual: some speeches will be held in English, others in Finnish.
past summers, Tritonia Academic Library in Vaasa has been open all summer long.
During summer, there are restricted opening hours and more self-service, but
the reading rooms can be accessed as usual, for example. Statistically, there
are much less visitors in summer compared to the busiest months during autumn.
However, there is still a demand for a place to sit and study during summer,
and numerous hardworking students can be found in the library throughout the
summer. We have noticed at the service desk that both the customers and the
questions they have are different in summer than during the academic year. This
is because we have more external customers in summer, students from other parts
of the country as well as local customers searching for literature in their own
field of interest.
summer was more exciting than usual, as Tritonia adopted a new open-source
library system called Koha. In June, the staff got to learn how to use the new
system, and there were numerous aspects to consider regarding the changes Koha
brought to the loans procedures. After midsummer, the library was closed for a
week, while data was converted into Koha. During July and August we tested Koha
in action, learned how it works and updated information and tutorials about the
new system on our website. The implementation of Koha went smoothly and we did
not run into any major problems.
in summer, as there are less customers in the library, it has always been a
time to do more extensive collection moves. The project for this summer was to
merge all the journals from the subject collections to one journal collection,
including moving journals from three different floors to one floor. We have also
moved theses, serials and university publications, as well as weeded several
collections. Now we have a uniform journal collection waiting for new and old
now arrived and we are happy to see the library once again filled with eager
students all day long.
Text and photo: Jonna Toukonen, Head of services, Tritonia