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:
- information literacy
- information management – documentation
- subject understanding and knowledge of tools/ resources
- partnership building
- the research process – both general and local knowledge
- research data management – spreadsheets, databanks
- metadata and research data
- issues around scholarly communications – citation, plagery
- funder mandates, assessment and other ‘legal’ requirements – peer review, copyright
- 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.