The Four Core Activities

The core activities of the university library are centred on the classic library competences which have been developed further to the following strategic focus areas:

User Service

Instruction and Digital Formation

Research Support Service

Information Dissemination

User Service

The university library meets the users with professionalism, high standards and a quick response time.

The university library aims at:

  • ensuring the relevance of services by systematically taking the starting point in the universities’ experiences, needs and expectations as to service development and adaptation

  • further developing a comprehensive and modern study environment that supports digital studying and learning forms and the dialogue between students, lecturers and researchers the best

  • facilitating bridge building between the digital university library and the physical study environment

  • working determined for meeting the students on a par with them right where they are in their course of studies

Instruction and Digital Formation

The university library supports the academic competences of the students by informing and guiding as to digital formation and good academic practice. The library teaches and guides in information retrieval, source criticism, copyright, understanding of textual similarity (plagiarism), selection of method, handling of references and data using selected study, assignment and research relevant tools and disciplines.

The university library wants to:

  • strengthen and develop the university library’s instruction and guidance assignments through dialogues on demands with the management of University of Copenhagen

  • raise the profile of the instruction of the university library through an increased embedment in the existing instruction of the students in a close collaboration with the leadership of the faculties and institutions including those responsible for the teaching

  • further develop the university library’s instruction as to increasing digital methods of instruction focusing on blended learning, open education, digital formation and didactics

  • establish cooperation and optimize interfaces as to data initiatives including DataLabs and new different types of data science education

  • further develop the instruction of the university library using new technologies like artificial intelligence and deep learning

  • measure the outcome of the instruction through structured dialogue-based evaluation procedures

  • implement a new platform for digital curriculum lists for the benefit of both students and lecturers.

Research Support Service

The university library supports University of Copenhagen as to activities and services that promote research, as an active partner in cooperation with other entities at UCPH in supporting opportunities, challenges and changes of culture on the Open Science agenda.

LERU recommendations serve among other things as the basis for the way the library works with implementing Open Science.

The university library wants to:

  • advance the development as to “Scholarly Publishing” and focus on the development within Open Access initiatives through negotiation of licences. Also support new forms of scientific publishing and communication and opportunities for registering other data than research publications and other forms of contributions to research work

  • support activities attached to principles of “FAIR data” ensuring that findings of UCPH become an integrated part of the ecosystem of the international research. The university library will contribute to supporting and establishing FAIR policies and services for data management

  • promote UCPH’s movement towards Open Science through “Education and Skills” that is embedded in instruction and courses aimed at UCPH’s research environments. Also support and cooperation in open method development and research within digital humanities through the digitized cultural heritage of Royal Danish Library

  • develop methods and metrics together with UCPH through “Next generation Metrics” for evaluation of research taking account of the principles in Open Science by for instance being a sparring partner for UCPH on “Rewards and Incentives” and exploring possibilities for registering other data than research publications in CURIS

  • collaborate with UCPH on methods and tools for good scholarly practice within “Research Integrity”

  • support and contribute to UCPH’s activities within “Citizen Science”

Information Dissemination

Every year the university library buys scientific information resources for students and researchers at UCPH for more than DKK 65M. They have access to the resources through the library’s retrieval system.

The library adjusts on an ongoing basis available resources based on measured use and user needs. As to access to the resources the library seeks to support the strategic objectives of the university in negotiations with scientific publishers.

The university library wants to:

  • strengthen the dialogue and adjust the process with faculty managements and academic environments as to the prioritizing of the scientific information resources

  • support UCPH’s strategic objectives through negotiations with scientific publishers

  • improve the analytical work aimed at preparing negotiations for scientific information resources including bibliometric and open access analyses in particular

  • in cooperation with Universities Denmark and Danish Agency for Science and Higher Education augment the dissemination of national objectives and results of negotiations and prospects for open access

  • ensure easy and fast access to the information resources of the library through user-friendly and connected platforms

  • establish transparency and clear communication as to possibilities for purchasing new digital resources and printed books in dialogue with the academic environments