Librarian support for researchers

Stock, space and support – these are the typical functions of a library and librarians. Library development has generally focused on the first two but made “less progress in updating the third”.

Reskilling for research is a report on the role of subject librarians/ liaison staff/ information specialist in supporting research. Research is increasingly collaborative, often multidisciplinary and global thanks to communication technology.

Amongst its findings are a list of skill sets required to support researchers. There were 32 identified initially which are covered by the following headings:

  1. information literacy
  2. information management – documentation
  3. subject understanding and knowledge of tools/ resources
  4. partnership building
  5. the research process – both general and local knowledge
  6. research data management – spreadsheets, databanks
  7. metadata and research data
  8. issues around scholarly communications – citation, plagery
  9. funder mandates, assessment and other ‘legal’ requirements – peer review, copyright
  10. Web 2.0 and other emerging technologies relating to researchers – blogs, wikis

Based on an article by Antony Brewerton (2012) New ways of supporting researchers. CILIPUpdate February p.40-42.

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About jgreigshaw

I work with Partnerships in Health Information which promotes partnership between libraries in Africa and the UK with an emphasis in African leadership. I have visited Kenya, Mali, Uganda and Zambia though Phi has contacts in many more African countries.
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