The ANAMED Library team—Nathalie Defne Gier, İrem Ünal, and Vasiliki Mole—might not have beenpresent in the ANAMEDLibrary physically for the past three (or more) months, but let there be no doubt that they have been working from home on different tasks and getting ready to welcome all back to ANAMED’sbeautiful library.
Since it was created in April, numerous posts have been sharedon the account under a wide variety of categories, such asNew Arrivals, News from the Library, and Digital Collections, and it reached five hundred followers in its first month!
InDigital TechnologyWe Trust!
How did utilizing technology help the ANAMED Library continue our services to offer the best support to researchers and to reach out to our network during the pandemic? Good question!
ANAMED Library Talks with a Twist!
Extreme circumstances call for adaptation and flexibility, so our well–established monthly ANAMED “Library Talks”wereadjusted to the current circumstances. TheApril, May, and June talks were held remotely. Benefitting from technology, we provided the talks via Zoom, and they were the first online events to be heldof all KU Libraries.
The online events each lasted for abouttwo and a halfhours, attended by a diverse audience from different parts of Turkey and from abroad.
On 14 April, Prof. Oğuz Tekin, director of AKMED, talked about the presence and importance of the Agora and coins in the Hellenistic period. The talk was moderated by Prof. Aliye-Erol Özdizbay from Istanbul University. On 5 May, Can Nacar,a professor from KU’s HistoryDepartment, presented his research on tobacco manufacturing between 1872 and 1912. The talk was moderated by KU post-doctoral researcher Akın Sefer. On 2 June, Prof. Filiz Yenişehirlioğlu, director of VEKAM, engaged with the audience and moderator Prof. Billur Tekkok, from Başkent University,in a discussion about art, focusing on the Tekfur Palace excavations and museum studies.Recordings of all talks (in Turkish) can be found on ANAMED Library’s SoundCloud account and a list of previous talks onANAMED Library’s website.
ANAMED Library Webinars
The ANAMED Library convenes and supports research events and training activities throughout the year. Over the lastfourmonths we supported ANAMED fellows with a series of webinars that were aimedat contributing to the development of research skills. Our webinars were part of a series of remotely organized events under the“Library Researcher Development Webinar Series” held by the KU Libraries staff.
Hit PLAY and Listen:Our Podcasts Series Is Here!
The ANAMED Library initiated the “ANAMED Library Podcast: Burada Konuşmak Serbest,” which intends to bring librarians, archivists, and users together to discuss a variety of topics concerning the profession, research, and curiosities. The aim of the ANAMED Library Podcast is to share developments, projects, and innovations in the library and archives sector with a larger audience. The podcast is open to anyone interested in libraries, archives, and research.Follow us on Spotify.
We Know How to Organize and Host a Conference. Come Join Us!
KU Libraries organized an online-conference on 9 June 2020, to coincidewith the InternationalArchivesWeek, titled “Digital Transformations: Analyzing Archives from Multiple Aspects.”The event was held through Zoom, brought together people from different professions, and introduced the various perspectives that the digitalization of archives encompasses. The three sessions covered the roles of education, donation and archival practice, and users and legal aspects in digital transformation. Distinguished speakers joined the event from the US, the UK, and Turkey, sharing their perspectives on the archives world.
Polishing Our Presence and Expanding Our Collection
ANAMED Library Website Content and Membership Procedure Update
Following the renewed external membership policy and online application systeminstituted in 2018, the library team reviewed, reevaluated, and updatedall ANAMED Library website content. Internal procedures (e.g., files, data, everyday tasks) were also updated.
ANAMED Library staff is consistently adding new publications toenhance both print and electronic collections.In addition, we collect and evaluate all suggestionsmade by library members. New requests were placed in a recent book tender in June 2020.
Being Active in Our Field, Empowering Our Skills
Lifelong learning is essential to all, and the ANAMED Library staff continues to participate actively in events that promote itswork and improves skills. In this context, ANAMED Branch Librarian İrem Ünal prepared a poster entitled “Artificial Intelligence in Libraries: Research Coach Robots” for theANKOS Link 2020 Conference. Although the in-person conference was canceled because of the COVID–19 outbreak, Ünal presented her work in an online poster presentation held on Friday, 21 May 2020 via GoToMeeting.
Who Said the Library Is Only for Studying? We Can Be Great Hosts!
On 25 February 2020, twentydirectors of variousSwedish Research Institutes visited ANAMED as part of an educational visit to Istanbul that toured several research centers.