Under the Australian sun: new directions for research support in Australia

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Looks at the growth of research librarianship in Australia, and the skills required to support this emerging field. Presented at the LIASA Conference, Cape Town, October 2013.

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Under the Australian sun: new directions for research support in Australia

  1. 1. Under the Australian sun: new directions for research support in Australia Rebecca Parker Swinburne University of Technology, Australia CRICOS Provider 00111D
  2. 2. Swinburne flickr.com/photos/col233/ flickr.com/photos/88708273@N03/ flickr.com/photos/quollism/ flickr.com/photos/90342562@N02/ flickr.com/photos/tomsaint/
  3. 3. Swinburne
  4. 4. Swinburne flickr.com/photos/tolomea/
  5. 5. Refrigerators (1856) Plastic spectacle lenses (1960) Electric drills (1889) Ultrasound (1961) Notepads (1902) Feature films (1906) Ugg boots (1920s) Electronic pacemaker (1928) Splayd (1943) Hills Hoist clothesline (1945) Solar hot water (1953) Black box flight recorder (1958) Inflatable escape slides (1965) Power boards (1972) Bionic ear (1979) Dual flush toilet (1980) Frozen embryo babies (1984) Gene shears (1986) Polilight forensic lamp (1989) Wi-fi (1992) Gardasil vaccine (2009)
  6. 6. Swinburne flickr.com/photos/newportgeographic/
  7. 7. What will libraries be when they grow up? Maybe the answer is that the librarian becomes the library. Samantha Schmehl Hines, University of Montana (2013)
  8. 8. Swinburne Metrics Publishing support Data management Copyright
  9. 9. Swinburne
  10. 10. Swinburne Copyright © 2013 Adrian Malec. Reproduced under the CC BY-NC-ND AU licence. http://images.swinburne.edu.au/handle/1111.1/6024 10
  11. 11. Modelling research support Source: Research Information Network (2010). Research support in UK universities. Four-stage model of the research lifecycle
  12. 12. 1. Access to highquality research materials flickr.com/photos/view/142745616/
  13. 13. 2. Support for disseminating results after publication flickr.com/photos/dhwright/321213819/
  14. 14. What about the rest?
  15. 15. Auckland, M. (2012). Re-skilling for research. London: RLUK. Available from: www.rluk.ac.uk/content/re-skilling-research 15
  16. 16. Swinburne Subject expertise http://www.flickr.com/photos/29233640@N07/
  17. 17. Wikipedian protester (xkcd) Source: http://xkcd.com/285/ Licensed for reuse under http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/2.5/
  18. 18. Swinburne The research process http://www.flickr.com/photos/mysnapps/
  19. 19. Swinburne http://www.flickr.com/photos/pasukaru76/ 19
  20. 20. Swinburne Partnerships http://www.flickr.com/photos/ndboy/
  21. 21. 9 areas of high skills gap & high importance - Preserving research outputs - Data management and curation - Complying with research funder mandates - Discipline-appropriate data manipulation tools - Data mining - Metadata - Preserving project records - Sources of research funding - Developing metadata schema and advice on discipline standards 21
  22. 22. Swinburne Research support isn’t just us flickr.com/photos/create-learning/4245755560/ 22
  23. 23. IT - Cloud computing - Research virtual networks - High performance computing - Large scale data storage 23
  24. 24. Research Office - Research policy and strategic direction - Higher degree research training - Higher degree research awards - Grants management - Research performance analysis - Government research reporting 24
  25. 25. Swinburne Information http://www.flickr.com/photos/arenamontanus/
  26. 26. Research Information Network (2007). Researchers’ use of academic libraries and their services. London: RIN.
  27. 27. Swinburne Research Bank Swinburne Not just for open access (in fact, not the primary focus at all) 27
  28. 28. Swinburne Information (re)use
  29. 29. Swinburne Information (re)use
  30. 30. Swinburne Information literacy http://www.flickr.com/photos/shardayyy/
  31. 31. researchers … showed little interest in making use of information skills training from the library. They are confident in their awareness and understanding of both the generic and the specialist tools that are relevant to their research area http://www.flickr.com/photos/gpoo/ Research Information Network (2010). Research support in UK universities. London: RIN.
  32. 32. Swinburne Scholarly comms http://www.flickr.com/photos/eethompson/
  33. 33. 4. Help with publishing results in scholarly journals flickr.com/photos/crespoluigi/33331965
  34. 34. Green institutional repositories
  35. 35. Swinburne http://researchbank.swinburne.edu.au/
  36. 36. Gold open access journals Image: Flickr/Peter Heilmann
  37. 37. Swinburne http://www.swinburne.edu.au/lib/ir/onlinejournals/
  38. 38. Hybrid ‘paid open access’ Image: Microsoft Clipart
  39. 39. Evil vanity publishers
  40. 40. Open access availability by discipline (2009) Source: Björk B.-C., Welling P., & Laakso M., et al. (2010). Open access to the scientific journal literature: situation 2009. PLoS ONE 5(6), e11273.
  41. 41. Source: Gargouri, Y., Lariviere, V., Gingras, Y., Carr, L., & Harnad, S. (2012) Green and gold open access percentages and growth, by discipline. Paper presented at the 17th International Conference on Science and Technology Indicators (STI), Montreal, Canada, 05–08 Sep 2012.
  42. 42. Swinburne Research funding and metrics http://www.flickr.com/photos/epsos/
  43. 43. 3. Help with research promotion and opportunities flickr.com/photos/reabhecc/122328441/
  44. 44. Swinburne http://www.swinburne.edu.au/lib/research/mandates.html
  45. 45. Swinburne http://www.swinburne.edu.au/lib/research/citationdata.htm
  46. 46. Swinburne Research reporting - All publications information collected - All full text required for peer review sourced - Dark archive of full text managed - Support for submissions to the journal list - Maintenance of the Scopus dataset. flickr.com/photos/lofink/733705154/
  47. 47. Swinburne Research data http://www.flickr.com/photos/trendsmap/
  48. 48. Swinburne 6. Support for managing research data flickr.com/photos/76283671@N00/184623
  49. 49. Relatively few researchers have the knowledge or skills to manage their data effectively, and only a small number of people have the specialist data management and curation skills combined with the subject domain expertise often required in order to provide effective support to researchers in the course of their work. Research Information Network (2010). Research support in UK universities. London: RIN. 49
  50. 50. Data helps with research integrity Emma, please insert NMR [nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy] data here! where are they? and for this compound, just make up an elemental analysis. * Actual notes on a published paper http://www.timeshighereducation.co.uk/news/accidentally-published-note-topapers-co-author-sparks-investigation/2006831.article 50
  51. 51. Swinburne http://www.swinburne.edu.au/lib/research/data/ 51
  52. 52. 52
  53. 53. [Subject Librarians] cannot be expert in themselves in each new capability, but knowing when to call in a colleague, or how to describe appropriate expert capabilities to faculty, will be key to the new liaison role. Just as researchers are often working in teams to leverage compatible expertise, liaison librarians will need to be team builders among library experts where this advances client research. Hahn, K. (2009). Introduction: positioning liaison librarians for the 21st century. Research Library Issues, 265, 1–2. 53
  54. 54. Acknowledgements Swinburne My wise research librarian colleagues around Australia and NZ and for inviting me to speak today flickr.com/photos/dalbera/6407784673/
  55. 55. Where to next? Rebecca Parker BA MIM AALIA rparker@swin.edu.au For more information on Australian research support: Parker, R. (2012). What the library did next: strengthening our visibility in research support. VALA Conference. Richardson, J., et al. (2012). Library research support in Queensland: a survey. Australian Academic and Research Libraries, 43(4), 258-277.

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