Interview with Emre Hasan Akbayrak, Middle East Technical University
Knovel is used by Middle East Technical University’s technical-savvy community of students and researchers to extend engineering knowledge and productivity.
Since its founding in 1956, Ankara-based Middle East Technical University (METU) has been a leader in higher education within Turkey and throughout the world. With a student population comprised of the top 0.1% of nearly 1.5 million applicants, METU produces influential scientists, physicists, engineers, public figures and business leaders. Emre Hasan Akbayrak, associate director of the METU Library, brings his research-level expertise to the areas of library assessment, databases and e-resources.
METU needed an information resource that could be implemented across multiple platforms and support the global needs of its more than 1,000,000 distinguished alumni and current students—as well as the innovative research produced by its faculty.
Users don’t like complex databases or infrastructures, says Akbayrak. A database
should be very, very simple, but the information within should be very, very customized and tailored to the users’ needs.
After trialing Knovel, METU knew they had found a robust and reliable resource to meet their needs.
Knovel is one of the best databases in engineering. I can say that because we’ve got more than 150 databases at the moment and we are in trials with many more. Every year we evaluate more than 200 databases. The infrastructure of Knovel is really good, says Akbayrak. In addition,
the infrastructure of Knovel is very user-friendly. I have talked to many of our students and faculty members, and they always say that Knovel is a really good product, and that it’s really easy to use. Moreover, it’s not very complicated.
"Knovel is one of the best databases in engineering." Emre Hasan Akbayrak, Middle East Technical University
Since implementing Knovel, the results have been very successful. As Akbayrak describes it,
METU students are highly sought after upon graduation, both by [local] companies and in the world at large. Most of the students can easily find a good job before their graduation. In part, this is due to the advanced skills students receive in applied research with state-of-the-art resources such as Knovel. But as Akbayrak put it more succinctly,
METU is a trendsetter; Knovel is another trendsetter.
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