Minding the skills gap

Developments in information‐training 
 handling for researchers in the UK


           Aaron Griff...
Understanding and 
promoting the information 
   needs of researchers
“We build too many walls and not 
        enough bridges”
About the RIN
Policy, guidance and support on:

•   search and discovery
•   access and use of information services
•   sc...
Published 
   July 2008

    UK focus

 Research by 
 AimTech Ltd

Ongoing work
Information skills
•   Using electronic repositories
•   Using subject‐based portals / gateways
•   Using appropriate sear...
National‐level strategies and 
      responsibilities 
LIS               Academics

Information literacy        Research 
                          information 
                ...
Institutional level strategies and 
            responsibilities

• Strategic thinking about the place of 
  information t...
“It is difficult to 
contribute if you are 
not an active 
researcher. You need 
to be able to show 
how you would apply 
...
Scale, organisation and content of 
         library provision



 Information     Evaluating, 
                 organisin...
Topics covered in the training events which 
   library staff provide or contribute to
Good practice
• Clear objectives and marketing to target audiences
• Regular communication with researchers, and exploitat...
Approaches to training

• Range of different approaches used
• Blended approaches: e‐learning + face‐to‐face 
  training
•...
Exploiting e‐learning



Evidence of effectiveness?

May be useful in meeting the needs of 
categories of researchers (inc...
Evaluating training needs

• Few systematic attempts to assess 
  researchers’ training needs
• Beyond surveys: focus grou...
Library capacities

           Shifting roles of librarians…




Confidence gap?
Current RIN 
                             activities

• 16 July 2009 event
• Securing more coverage of information skills ...
aaron.griffiths@rin.ac.uk




                       Thank you
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Minding the skills gap: Developments in information-training handling for researchers in the UK

  1. 1. Minding the skills gap Developments in information‐training  handling for researchers in the UK Aaron Griffiths
  2. 2. Understanding and  promoting the information  needs of researchers
  3. 3. “We build too many walls and not  enough bridges”
  4. 4. About the RIN Policy, guidance and support on: • search and discovery • access and use of information services • scholarly communications • digital content and e‐research • collaborative collection management and  storage
  5. 5. Published  July 2008 UK focus Research by  AimTech Ltd Ongoing work
  6. 6. Information skills • Using electronic repositories • Using subject‐based portals / gateways • Using appropriate search engines • Obtaining research papers and data • Finding research material in the Library • Evaluating research information • Bibliographical citation • Citing websites • Managing information generated through research • Retaining and preserving research information • Open access to research reports • Licensing and copyright issues • Developments in metadata
  7. 7. National‐level strategies and  responsibilities 
  8. 8. LIS Academics Information literacy Research  information  methodologies and  tools’
  9. 9. Institutional level strategies and  responsibilities • Strategic thinking about the place of  information training within the wider training  provision? • Attempts to align library, information and  training strategies with broader institutional  research strategies? • Moves towards an integrated approach?
  10. 10. “It is difficult to  contribute if you are  not an active  researcher. You need  to be able to show  how you would apply  (for example  RefWorks) in your own  research. It’s about  understanding the  ramifications of  research.”
  11. 11. Scale, organisation and content of  library provision Information  Evaluating,  organising,  seeking  managing,  transforming or  Citation of  communicating  sources information  Key underpinning  Portfolio of  issues such as  services  copyright and open  access provided
  12. 12. Topics covered in the training events which  library staff provide or contribute to
  13. 13. Good practice • Clear objectives and marketing to target audiences • Regular communication with researchers, and exploitation of  researchers’ peer‐to‐peer networks • Collaboration between library staff and researchers • Inclusion of library‐based events in central staff development  programmes • Continuance where practicable of one‐to‐one support • Training provision that goes beyond information seeking to  address broader information issues
  14. 14. Approaches to training • Range of different approaches used • Blended approaches: e‐learning + face‐to‐face  training • Skills developed within a subject‐specific  context • Specific to career‐stage
  15. 15. Exploiting e‐learning Evidence of effectiveness? May be useful in meeting the needs of  categories of researchers (including contract  research staff and part‐time researchers)
  16. 16. Evaluating training needs • Few systematic attempts to assess  researchers’ training needs • Beyond surveys: focus groups, self‐assessment  & e‐portfolios • Weak monitoring mechanisms
  17. 17. Library capacities Shifting roles of librarians… Confidence gap?
  18. 18. Current RIN  activities • 16 July 2009 event • Securing more coverage of information skills  in training programmes • Sharing good practice • Improving communication and promoting  joint planning
  19. 19. aaron.griffiths@rin.ac.uk Thank you

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