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

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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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