Bright Future For Research Libraries 18 Nov 08

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Michael Jubb's presentation at the Research Information Network launch event for the 'Ensuring a Bright Future for Research Libraries' report, November 2008

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Bright Future For Research Libraries 18 Nov 08

  1. 1. A bright future for research libraries Michael Jubb Director Research Information Network
  2. 2. Genesis <ul><li>Researchers’ use of academic libraries and their services (RIN/CURL, 2007) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Structural changes over past decade </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Some differences of view between researchers and librarians as to developing role of libraries </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Working Group to consider the implications of the findings for HEIs </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Librarians, researchers, senior managers in HEIs </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. Six key themes <ul><li>Content and collection development </li></ul><ul><li>Cataloguing, navigation, discovery </li></ul><ul><li>Skills and expertise </li></ul><ul><li>Communicating research outputs </li></ul><ul><li>Curation and preservation </li></ul><ul><li>Sustainable resourcing </li></ul>
  4. 4. Content and collections <ul><li>Linking content and collections development to research strategies </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Open and collaborative process </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Collaboration with other libraries </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Special collections </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. Navigation, discovery, delivery, access <ul><li>Meeting researchers’ needs </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Specialist as well as generic navigation and discovery services </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Training </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Cataloguing (and sharing of catalogue records) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Access to content held elsewhere </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Innovative services </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. Sharing skills and expertise <ul><li>Better communication and engagement </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Specialist services from library and information professionals </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Skills development programmes </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Embedding information professionals in research teams </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Clear costing of specialised information services for researchers </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. Communicating and evaluating research outputs <ul><li>Optimising dissemination and impact of research </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Making outputs available widely and rapidly </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Role of repositories </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Paying publication fees </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Intellectual property rights </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Social networking tools and services </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Using bibliometric and cybermetric tools </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. Curation and preservation <ul><li>Ensuring that valuable resources are preserved and accessible for the (very) long term </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Curation, conservation, preservation and disposal policies </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Strategic and collaborative approach to print and to digital preservation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Collaborative approach to research data </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. Resources <ul><li>Sustainable resourcing to support and enhance research performance </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Increases in volume, range and sophistication of digital resources bring increases in costs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Scope for savings with print? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Open access initiatives bring increased costs in the short term </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Funding for professional skills development </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Scope for sharing of resources and expertise </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Benchmarking against comparable institutions </li></ul></ul>
  10. 10. Two visions <ul><li>“We want Britain to be the best location in the world for science and innovation” </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Science and Innovation Investment Framework 2004-2014 </li></ul></ul><ul><li>“That the UK should have the best research library support in the world.” </li></ul><ul><ul><li>RLUK Strategic Plan 2008-2011 </li></ul></ul>
  11. 11. Thank you Michael Jubb www.rin.ac.uk

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