SCONUL 2008 Conference Workshop Phil Sykes, Moira Bent, David Clay
Structure <ul><li>SCONUL email survey of current practice (PS) </li></ul><ul><li>Researchers: who they are and what their ...
Survey of SCONUL members <ul><li>Informal email survey asking SCONUL members about research support initiatives </li></ul>...
Research Support  <ul><li>Structures </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Emergence and advantages of specialist Research Support Librari...
Research Support <ul><li>Demonstrating the contribution we can make </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Collections valued but potential...
Research Support <ul><li>Current awareness </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Not novel in itself but some very ambitious approaches (e...
Research Support <ul><li>Beyond bibliographic advice and support </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Helping researchers to publish </li...
Research Support <ul><li>Training of researchers </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Lots of good examples </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Te...
Research Support <ul><li>What was missing from the responses? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Nothing about data curation activity <...
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Research Support – Now And Into The Future

  1. 1. SCONUL 2008 Conference Workshop Phil Sykes, Moira Bent, David Clay
  2. 2. Structure <ul><li>SCONUL email survey of current practice (PS) </li></ul><ul><li>Researchers: who they are and what their needs are (MB) </li></ul><ul><li>Future developments in research support (DC) </li></ul><ul><li>Case study: research support at the University of Barchester Library </li></ul>
  3. 3. Survey of SCONUL members <ul><li>Informal email survey asking SCONUL members about research support initiatives </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Unscientific </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Degree of consensus about what was “baseline” and what was novel/leading edge </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Clear themes came through </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. Research Support <ul><li>Structures </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Emergence and advantages of specialist Research Support Librarian posts (e.g. Durham, MMU, Northampton, NUI Galway) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Alliances with other university departments </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Glasgow – Research and Enterprise Office </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Birmingham – Guild of Students </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Cranfield – Research Director in Management School </li></ul></ul></ul>
  5. 5. Research Support <ul><li>Demonstrating the contribution we can make </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Collections valued but potential of librarians to contribute often undervalued </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Institutional repository and help with RAE/REF demonstrate potential for a more ambitious role </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Buildings and Locations </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Taking the research support service to the users </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Dedicated space in the library for researchers </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. Research Support <ul><li>Current awareness </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Not novel in itself but some very ambitious approaches (e.g. Chemical Engineering, Manchester) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Good tuition in setting up your own current awareness service (Exeter, Huddersfield) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Communication and consultation </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Blogs and Wikis </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Research support planning (Birmingham, Bournemouth’s Delphi panel) </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. Research Support <ul><li>Beyond bibliographic advice and support </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Helping researchers to publish </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Helping researchers decide where to publish (Exeter, MMU). </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Explaining the mysteries of citation counting (Cranfield) </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. Research Support <ul><li>Training of researchers </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Lots of good examples </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Tension between generic and customised </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Library playing a part in Systematic Review </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. Research Support <ul><li>What was missing from the responses? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Nothing about data curation activity </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Only limited amounts about digitisation projects </li></ul></ul>

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