Research support at Cardiff University Library. Kate Bradbury Senior consultant research support. The context.
Senior consultant research support
“Thus, while librarians almost unanimously believe they have key roles as both subject experts and as teachers of "information literacy", relatively few researchers - very few in the sciences - agree with them. Rather, researchers see themselves as the experts in meeting their own wants and needs.”
Michael Jubb “Finding solutions on and off the shelf” Times Higher Education Supplement 4 January 2008
RIN (2007) Researcher’s use of Academic Library Services p69 http://www.rin.ac.uk/files/libraries-report-2007.pdf
“Researchers claimed that they rarely saw their subject librarian unless they went to the library to find them. Librarians said that they ‘must always’ reach out to the research community and that communication is ‘never’ the other way. Allowing for some hyperbole, it is clear that both parties find it difficult to effect satisfactory communications, and it is also clear from the focus groups and interviews that both parties want very much to do this. It is very much in the interests of both that they should do so.”
RIN (2007) Researcher’s use of Academic Library Services p68 http://www.rin.ac.uk/files/libraries-report-2007.pdf
“While researchers themselves are generally confident in their abilities in terms of discovery, librarians see them as tending to be conservative in the range of tools used and relatively unsophisticated in their search methods. Consequently, librarians think that many researchers are not exploiting services to the full. Unsurprisingly, librarians see it as a problem that they are not reaching all researchers with formal training, whereas most researchers don’t think they need it.”
RIN (2006) Researchers and discovery services. Behaviour, perceptions and needs p9 http://www.rin.ac.uk/files/Report%20-%20final.pdf
HEFCE, Research Excellence Framework Consultation. http://www.hefce.ac.uk/pubs/hefce/2007/07_34/
At this stage we envisage that HEIs will need to verify data about their staff and their publications to be included in the process. We do not envisage that HEIs will be asked to verify citations to their publications; citation data will be processed centrally in order to link citations to publications accurately…
While WoS data are generally of good quality, we have not yet established that they are sufficiently free from error or uncertainty to be used at the level of disaggregation that we require in order to produce robust indicators, without further cleaning and verification.
HEFCE REF FAQs http://www.hefce.ac.uk/research/assessment/faq/
Total number of journal articles published from Cardiff University and UWCM in Scopus and Web of Knowledge over the period 2001-2007: by broad subject area category
Three major points: