Ensuring a bright future for research libraries

Added by Sarah on 08 October 2008

This guidance is aimed at vice-chancellors and senior institutional managers, focusing on ensuring library and information services keep pace with the evolving needs of researchers.

This guide offers a practical framework setting out the key issues senior managers need to consider if they are to ensure their research information services develop effectively. It covers linking library collections to research strategies, researchers’ needs, sharing skills and expertise, communicating and evaluating research outputs, curation, preservation and disposal and sustainble resourcing.

Good library and information services are an essential underpinning for research, just as they are for successful teaching and learning. Success in research, at both national and institutional levels, depends critically on the quality of the information services to which researchers have access.

Digital technologies and online information resources have brought fundamental changes in how research is done, and also in what researchers expect from library and information services. The services that librarians and information professionals provide have also changed fundamentally over the past decade, and they now offer much more in providing leadership that brings improvements in research performance and effectiveness. New resources, services and technologies continue to create new opportunities, new challenges and new expectations. Librarians and information services need the resources and the continuing top-level support within their institutions to ensure that they can fulfil their potential and meet these challenges. 

This guide was produced by the working group set up to consider the findings and conclusions from the RIN and RLUK report on Researchers use of academic libraries and their services (April 2007) and we launched this new guidance document an event on 18 November 2008.

The guidance, a short briefing and some case study examples of good practice are available below.

Hard copies of the guidance and briefing are available, email contact@rin.ac.uk

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