The No-nonsense Guide to Research Support and Scholarly Communication

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Academic libraries have seen huge changes in recent years thanks to the increasing availability of information online but they are now undergoing another shift. As libraries move away from providing access to existing information and towards helping users create new knowledge there is an opportunity for them to develop new services for the research community. To do this successfully libraries need to have a knowledgeable workforce who are equipped to provide the support that researchers need. Information professionals are increasingly being asked to advise their users on issues such as open access and research data management but are often doing so with little or no formal preparation.
Outlining the reasons why library staff need to develop a knowledge of research support and guiding them through the key information on each topic, The No-nonsense Guide to Research Support and Scholarly Communication provides an ideal primer for those who seek to work in this area or those who have acquired these responsibilities as part of a wider role. The practical nature of the book means readers can dip into it or read it from cover to cover as needed. It includes practical checklists of knowledge and skills, international case studies by practitioners from around the globe, end of chapter references, how-to sections, activities and links to freely available online training materials. The book covers
  • scholarly communication, open research and the research lifecycle;
  • research data management;
  • open access;
  • disseminating research;
  • metrics and measuring impact including the Journal Impact Factor, H-Index, and Altmetrics;
  • career paths in research support; and
  • why and how library staff at all levels can get involved in the process of doing research and sharing their outputs. 
Published: 2020
Publisher: Facet Publishing, UK
Pages: 208
Sku: 9781783303939

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