Future-proofing : the academic library’s role in e-research support

Thomas, Jennifer A. (2010) Future-proofing : the academic library’s role in e-research support. In Proceedings of Academic Librarian 2 : Singing in the Rain : Conference towards Future Possibilities, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong.

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Purpose – The paper describes a project created to enhance e-research support activities within an Australian university, based on environmental scanning of e-research activities and funding both nationally and internationally. Participation by the university library is also described.-----

Design/methodology/approach – The paper uses a case study that describes the stages of a project undertaken to develop an academic library’s capacity to offer e-research support to its institution’s research community.-----

Findings – While the outcomes of the project have been successfully achieved, the work needs to be continued and eventually mainstreamed as core business in order to keep pace with developments in e-research. The continual skilling up of the university’s researchers and research support staff in e-research activities is imperative in reaching the goal of becoming a highly competitive research institution.-----

Research limitations/implications – Although a single case study, the work has been contextualised within the national research agenda.-----

Practical implications – The paper provides a project model that can adapted within an academic library without external or specialist skills. It is also scalable and can be applied at a divisional or broader level.-----

Originality/value – The paper highlights the drivers for research investment in Australia and provides a model of how building e-research support activities can leverage this investment and contribute towards successful research activity.

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ID Code: 31647
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: No
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Keywords: Australia, project management, research support, e-research, eResearch, HERN, data management, academic libraries
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > INFORMATION AND COMPUTING SCIENCES (080000) > LIBRARY AND INFORMATION STUDIES (080700)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Division of Technology, Information and Library Services
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2010 Jennifer Thomas
Deposited On: 06 Apr 2010 21:25
Last Modified: 24 Feb 2015 06:04

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