New Director of the National Library Division at the State and University Library
On 1 October, Tonny Skovgård Jensen took over from Eva Fønss-Jørgensen as director of the National Library division. Eva continues as a chief consultant at the State and University Library.
Tonny Skovgård Jensen was chief consultant for strategic business development at the State and University Library from 1 January 2009, and he is therefore very familiar with the library’s tasks. He previously worked in the private sector, with experience in areas such as printed and digital teaching aids and equipment, e-learning and the distribution of e-books.
Tonny Skovgård Jensen now has primary responsibility for developing the National Library’s main tasks, which are the collection, storage, and not least accessibility of the Danish cultural inheritance – newspapers, radio and television programmes, web-based material, music, books and journals.
The digitisation of the cultural inheritance is one of the most important focus areas at present. This includes developing the Mediestream service, which will provide online and streamed access to more than one million hours of broadcasts from the library’s collection of radio and television programmes. This will mean extended access to such services for researchers and students. Another major project filling much of the new head of department’s agenda is the digitisation of 32 million pages from Danish newspapers.
To finance these and other projects, the State and University Library is focusing even more on developing new business models, such as establishing partnerships between the public and private sectors. Important focus areas in the coming years also include marketing, making the library visible, and competence development. This is an important part of the State and University Library’s 2011–2014 strategy, which Tonny Skovgård Jensen also strongly influenced in his former position.
“We’ve got some incredibly interesting collections, and they could be used a lot more. Digitising the collections provides a wealth of new opportunities – including new forms of collaboration. We’ve just begun to make use of these opportunities, and I’m looking forward very much to continuing this work. The cultural inheritance is a resource that society really needs, and it’s our job to bring it into play,” says Tonny Skovgård Jensen.