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Providing Research Support through an Integrated Library Research Consortium. Dianne Man University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg. Acknowledgment. Paper presented with consent of the Universities of Cape Town, KwaZulu-Natal and Witwatersrand. Outline.

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providing research support through an integrated library research consortium

Providing Research Support through an Integrated Library Research Consortium

Dianne Man

University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg

Stellenbosch Symp 3 Nov 2006

acknowledgment
Acknowledgment
  • Paper presented with consent of the Universities of Cape Town, KwaZulu-Natal and Witwatersrand

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outline
Outline
  • Background and relationship with CCNY
  • Role of the Library in research support
  • Relationship to other consortia
  • Project components
  • Implementation
  • The way forward – extending the project

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background and relationship with ccny
Background and relationship with CCNY
  • Carnegie’s International Dev Program in SA from 2005 – focus on social, political and economic change
    • Training and retention of primarily black and female SA academics, and
    • Transformation of post-apartheid institutional culture
  • Call for proposals in 2004 “to train and retain the next generation of academics and to transform the higher education system to serve a new social order”
  • Three universities submitted successful proposals - UCT, UKZN and Wits
    • Cover a range of projects on transformation and equity
    • Institutional culture surveys

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carnegie libraries project
Carnegie Libraries Project
  • IDP supporting academic libraries in partner universities – projects which encourage replication of models
  • Carnegie invited 3 partner institutions to submit a proposal for development of their libraries
    • Could bid separately in competition, or jointly
    • Could submit own ideas
  • Agreed to
    • Work together on one proposal
    • Form a research libraries consortium
    • Develop a model project which could be rolled out to other HE institutions in SA and Africa

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role of the library in research support transformation
Role of the Library in Research Support & Transformation
  • Cohort of aging White male researchers
  • Blacks and women not entering academia in proportional numbers to population
  • Institutions not meeting throughput targets for PGs and publications
  • Many PGs and young researchers have little basic research skills and exposure to culture of enquiry, technology or libraries

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scholarly information flow

Research & learning landscape

Scholarly information flow

Now

discovery, harvesting

discovery, linking, embedding

Aggregators

harvesting

Learning object creation, reuse

Data analysis, transformation, mining, modeling

deposit, self archiving

deposit, self archiving

Researchand e-science

Learning & teaching

Repositories

Data creation, capture and gathering, lab experiments fieldwork, surveys, grids media…

Courses, modules, learning management systems, learning portals…

validation

discovery, linking, embedding

publish, discovery

peer-reviewed journals

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Conferences, abstracting

and indexing services, etc.

OCLC Research (August 2003)

relationship to other library consortia in sa
Relationship to other Library Consortia in SA
  • 5 library consortia in SA are geographically based
  • Set up with Mellon funding in 1990s for library systems and resource sharing
  • TENET set up by donors partly in response to libraries’ bandwidth needs
  • Now possible to consider other criteria for library consortium building
  • Increased e-collaboration among researchers

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library consortia and carnegie project partners
Library Consortia and Carnegie Project Partners

CALICO

  • Library Consortia
  • Carnegie Project Partners

SEALS

eSAL

FRELICO

GAELIC

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project potential
Project Potential

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project components
Project Components

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research portal
Research Portal

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Research Portal

Commercial

Databases

Institutional

Repositories

Library

Catalogues

Open Access

Content

New Research

Content

African

Content

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research portal14
Research Portal

Commercial

Databases

Library

Catalogues

Institutional

Repositories

Open Access

Content

New Research

Content

African

Content

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research commons
Research Commons
  • Designated physical space in each Library
  • Extension of Information Commons
  • Reserved for PG students and staff
  • Refurbished and equipped with new technology
  • Staffed by specially trained librarians –
    • In-depth assistance to researchers
    • Comfortable areas for small group work
  • Each library will have a different design and IT configuration

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academy for research librarians
Academy for Research Librarians
  • Researchers want to work with librarians who have
    • Domain / subject expertise
    • Can provide in-depth assistance
    • Knowledge of research methodology
    • Awareness of publishing trends & channels

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selection training process
Selection & Training Process

Research-based essay

Evaluation

Select best 2

from each institution

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governance project management
Governance & Project Management

Advisory

Board

Project

Management

Committee

Project

Manager

UCT

Campus

Project Com

UKZN

Campus

Project Com

Wits

Campus

Project Com

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the way forward
The Way Forward
  • Carnegie’s plan to roll out project to other universities in South Africa and rest of Africa
    • Pressure to be successful for benefit of others
    • Have to think beyond three institutions
  • External evaluation
    • Part of project budget
    • To be conducted at the end of each year
    • External evaluator who is an expert in electronic library services
  • Lots of hard work lies ahead

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