This information has kindly been sent to us by Antony Brewerton, University of Warwick, UK.
Research Libraries UK (RLUK) has just completed a project to map the information needs of researchers onto tasks to be undertaken by subject librarians, to help academic librarians to understand the skills sets required of staff now and in the future, and to assess the training needs of existing and new professionals. The methodology of the RLUK project combined literature reviews with surveys of subject librarians and their managers. A ‘researcher life cycle’ approach was used to identify researcher information needs and to map subject librarian activities onto these needs. The study shows areas of current activity by subject librarians to support researchers (often around traditional information retrieval and information management), areas of limited engagement, and areas of potential ‘next step’ activity, including work around data management (organizing and curating data), raising impact and the profile of researchers, promoting emerging technologies and facilitating collaboration amongst our researcher communities. The report also investigates skills sets required for current and future services and highlights gaps that will need to be addressed both locally and profession-wide. The project report – Re-skilling for research – provides tools that can be used for training needs analysis, building blocks to create job descriptions and person specifications for specialist researcher support roles, plus examples of current good practice in research service provision across the globe.
For more details see the RLUK project web page (http://www.rluk.ac.uk/node/657) or access the full report online (http://www.rluk.ac.uk/content/re-skilling-research).