Today’s librarian is on the move digitally

800 square metres, about 100,000 e-books and 12,000 journals – that’s the GGS library. Daniel Neumann assumed the role of Library Director for GGS on the Campus for Lifelong Learning in February 2014.

Daniel Neumann is not a new face at GGS. While still a student, he worked for one year as a programme assistant during weekend courses. He quickly felt at home in his new position, already familiar with GGS employees and students. “It’s always nice to see familiar faces,” says the Heilbronn native. And he is glad to support students when they seek help in locating literature for their studies. “I still know what that feels like myself.”

A master’s degree of his own

Neumann, who studied library and information management at Stuttgart Media University, completed his master’s thesis in October 2013 on the topic “Statistical measurement of success in the social media presence of libraries”. Once his master’s degree was in his pocket, he treated the GGS team to a round of festive donuts. He left an indelible mark by offering the donuts in GGS corporate design, causing a stir among his colleagues – no one had thought of dark blue donuts before.

Now Neumann is pleased to have the freedom to guide the GGS library as it develops. It’s his responsibility to see that the students as well as the research associates and professors of the GGS faculty find the literature they need. But he rarely has to lug books around. “The dusty image of the librarian standing amongst the shelves is out of date,” Neumann says. Today’s librarian is on the move digitally. It’s upkeep of the database and all the e-books and journals that takes up most of his time. “The database is the virtual motor of GGS,” Neumann explains.

Available any time on the weekend

Since many students don’t come to Heilbronn during the week, but are spread around all of Germany, they need to be able to access course materials via computer. Thanks to Neumann, they can. He makes sure they have access to the database, conducts literature searches, and acquires new publications.

When the students are on campus for modules over the weekend, the related module literature must be on hand. Daniel Neumann is present as the face of GGS, ready to answer questions and locate texts. Friday afternoons and Saturdays are prime work time for Neumann, who balances the books and computers as an avid runner in his free time. Working on the weekend? “No problem,” says Neumann. He got used to that during his time as a programme assistant. “Besides, I’m glad to be here for our students. I’m happy when they make progress in their research.”