Posted by: bluesyemre | May 14, 2013

Designing researcher-centric library services

  • When we picture a researcher using a library and its services some people might imagine a lone historian working in the archives, a humanist searching the stacks or a social scientist searching online journals. Yet, inevitably such a picture ignores the fact that for many researchers, especially those in the sciences, the role of the library is largely that of remote content provider. Indeed, with the majority of journal content available electronically, the need to visit the physical library or engage with wider library services is minimal. So what role might the library play for these academics in supporting their research and research practices? Can libraries design next generation services that anticipate the needs of researchers?

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