Digital Services Programme
Libraries are still facing up to the consequences of the digital shift. Traditionally seen as the gatekeepers of printed knowledge, the digital turn (and in particular the development of the Internet) demands that libraries recalibrate and reform how they provide (and receive) knowledge to their users within the context of a digital university.
The Internet moves quickly. The role of university libraries recently has not simply been to move services online, but to rethink those services in the context of changing researcher, teacher and student demands.
The Library of TU Delft is no exception to this. And while TU Delft Library still offers a vibrant library space and collection, many of its key services have an online presence.
Vision: TU Delft Library’s Digital Service Programme will deliver sustainable, trusted and engaging digital services that help meet the strategic aims of Delft University of Technology.
This brings different kinds of challenges.
Such services need to be trusted – not just in the straightforward sense of trusting that something works, (functional reliability), but also a broader sense of trust. Services need to operate according to core academic values – that they are transparent, democratic, open, inclusive, and enabling. Such challenges underpin the vision of this Digital Programme.
Urban composition of the Aula, and the library, 1995, made up of two original drawings by Van den Broek en Bakema and Mecanoo. View source