Recent Library Developments

Digital distribution of sheet music in Danish libraries
During 2004 the distributor of digital sheet music ‘SheetMusicNow’ carried out a project that aimed at investigating how digital sheet music could be made available to Danish libraries and library users. The project was funded by the Danish National Library Authority. Currently, 35 Danish libraries have made agreements with ‘SheetMusic-Now’, who provides access to more than 14,000 pieces of music (classical, jazz and Danish popular music) and see to it that all conditions are cleared with composers and publishers.

Library users can easily access the catalogue from their personal computer or at the library and order and receive the sheet music at their local library. Further development will try to establish solutions where the user can print sheet music at home.

Erik Thorlund Jepsen,
library consultant
Danish National Library Authority
etj AT bs.dk

Seamless user rights
Integration of user rights, also called seamless user rights has to do with focusing on the user. The aim is to create the easiest and most transparent access to the public and research libraries’ collective media and services. The County of Århus has conducted an analysis of barriers and possibilities for integration of user rights to public and research libraries. It is a strategic choice whether the libraries want to develop user rights across public and research libraries, or whether they choose exclusively to prioritise cooperation internally in the two sectors where major structural reforms are under way. The Structural Reform changes relations between owners and institutions. In the research library sector, some institutions will upgrade the internal tasks in the universities rather than increase their cooperation with the public libraries. Integration of user rights to public and research libraries in the County of Århus may assume many diverse forms. The more complex the model one decides on, the greater the barriers to overcome, both politically, organisationally, economically and legally. In the end the final decision rests with the political decision-makers.

Caroline Søndergaard Bendixen
Danish National Library Authority
csb AT bs.dk

Survey of students’ use of the library
Danish students seem to use the libraries indiscriminately, ordering via library.dk and picking up books at their local public library that might have been dispatched from their own institutional library. The Danish National Library Authority has therefore initiated a survey of the students’ use of the library. The survey was conducted in cooperation with the Royal School of Library and Information Science as part of a research project, with Niels Ole Pors as project manager.

The main conclusions are these: 85% of the students use the institutional libraries, 58% use the public libraries for study purposes. The group that borrows a lot/renews most comes from medium-length education – and they are also the most diligent users of the public library. The group has the closest interaction between education and library.

Only 3% of the students do not use Google for study purposes. 80% use Google at least every week. The most frequent users of Google also use library resources.

Subjects and level of education seem to have a great impact on library use. However, the most decisive factor appears to be the attitude of the students. Those students, who use the library, use it intensively. It transpires that it is very important whether the teacher refers to the library and whether the course demands that the student himself has to find supplementary literature.

In the next issue of SPLQ the results from the survey will be discussed in an article.

Jonna Holmgaard Larsen
Editor-in-chief, SPLQ
jhl AT bs.dk