Session 8: Libraries driving Initiatives
Thursday 7 July – 9:45 – 11:15
Chair: Chair: Martin Moyle, UCL Library Services, United Kingdom
8.1 Careers Library: unconventional collaboration to boost learning, Tatiana Usova, Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar, Doha
The primary goal of universities is to prepare students for future careers. The library becomes a recognized partner in achieving this goal and equipping students with the diverse skills required for employment. One of the problems identified by librarians through interviews with alumni was the lack of certain competencies essential in finding a good job and succeeding at it.
The paper introduces a unique collaboration of the Georgetown University in Qatar (GU-Q) library with campus non-academic units, Career Services and Alumni office, in the creation and implementation of Careers Library, an online week-long event offering an opportunity for seniors to connect with alumni and get access to their expertise and advice on how to prepare for a career, skills to develop before leaving the university, strategies to use in a job search, resources to draw on in interview preparation and ways to navigate workplace culture. Run in March 2021, Careers Library individually paired each student with an alumnus of their choice for thirty-minute virtual conversations. With the organizational concept akin to Human Library, the event’s primary focus was on student preparation for future employment. After the meeting, when the need for skill enhancement became paramount to students, the library sent a document connecting them with relevant services and valuable information resources for future reference. Thus, the initiative did not only support library commitment to the university’s core mission but also advanced the effective use of collections and services. Learning about student information needs helped the library decide on additional workshops to offer, and what’s more, non-academic collaborators turned into library advocates and felt confident to refer students to the library. Survey feedback was used to evaluate the organization and outcomes of the project. The findings confirm the beneficial impact of the initiative and illuminate points for improvement.
Academic libraries innovate to continue to be meaningful. This case study demonstrates how the library can engage in broader activities beyond information literacy instruction and leverage alumni relationships to develop students’ competencies. The paper aims to give an overview of the project and its outcomes as well as to illustrate how it fits within the framework of library outreach activities and adds value to student academic experience.
8.2 Experimenting with Research Services in the Library: a Case Study from the University of Angers (France), Zoe Anna Hardy, Damien Hamard, University of Angers, France
The purpose of this paper is to provide an overview of the goals and challenges met by the University Library of Angers in the recent development of new research support services (namely Service d’Appui à la Recherche or SAR). Officially launched in September 2021, the SAR aims to guide, help, welcome and train researchers of all levels and disciplines by experimenting with creative initiatives centred around four clusters of expertise: data management, academic publishing and OA, doctoral training, and English writing support. Underlying this configuration is a deliberate strategy to develop services based on skills and strengths readily available at the University Library of Angers. The SAR thus brings together two research librarians and two PhDs in Humanities (respectively in archival science and English literature) while persistently relying on a broad network of colleagues from different backgrounds – from archivists to subject librarians, including information scientists and communication coordinators.
The focus of this proposal is on the evolution of two ongoing experimental projects: community building for PhD students and editorial consultancy for academic journals. Both missions warrant numerous and complex adjustments to a fast-changing political ecosystem. While these initiatives are firmly anchored in the Open Science movement, and while the emergence of the SAR positively echoes the global impetus to trust academic libraries with increasingly extensive roles in research, this new hub of activity is still regularly met with reluctance and misconceptions (often sustained by the belief that research belongs in the labs).
This paper shall discuss these limits and constraints in the light of local, national, and European contexts. It may also highlight the benefits of the experiments so far led in Angers. By introducing the SAR to an international audience, we hope to establish relevant connections with neighbouring initiatives facing similar challenges and collectively reflect upon the future of research in academic libraries.
8.3 Libraries and the Research Culture Lens at the Universities of Glasgow and Leeds, Claire G Knowles, University of Leeds, United Kingdom, William J Nixon, University of Glasgow, United Kingdom, Valerie McCutcheon, University of Glasgow, United Kingdom
The universities of Glasgow and Leeds have publicly committed to implementing a positive research culture through Research Culture Statements, institutional strategies and implementation plans. This presentation will discuss the role of the library in developing and supporting a positive research culture and how it impacts on the library’s services.
We will discuss the:
– level of library engagement in developing the statement
– impact on and alignment with library services
– research culture and scholarly communications
– research culture and open research
– role of bibliometrics in supporting a positive research culture
– how the library can play a part in reward and recognition
The implementation of a positive research culture provides an opportunity for libraries to partner, support and to lead through its staff expertise and resources.
University of Glasgow
The University of Glasgow launched its Statement on Research Culture in 2019 and is a core component of its Research Strategy (2020-25). The statement includes a range of themes including Career Development, Research Recognition, Open Research which intersect with support from the Library. More specifically this includes, for example support around
– the use of responsible metrics
– pilot work around the CASRAI CRediT taxonomy
– support for open research through repositories and services for publications and research data
– support for institutional research dashboards and KPIs
The Library works in partnership both with individual academics but also with other University teams, most recently exemplified by our work in the UK’s Research Excellence Framework (REF2021) exercise.
University of Leeds
The five broad themes of the University of Leeds’ Research Culture Statement are:
– Personal development, reward and recognition
– Open research and impact
– Equality, diversity and inclusion in research
-Responsible research and innovation
– A collegiate and supportive environment
A library representative is a member of the Research Culture Group and co-leads two sub-groups, those for Responsible Research Metrics and Open Research. The lens of research culture has meant a more strategic focus for the library on its associated services: bibliometrics, open access, open data, literature searching, and research integrity. It has led to engaging with other institutional partners in new ways, for example:
– Human Resources staff who work in the school and faculties, to provide training and guidance on the role of research metrics in individuals careers, through hiring and promotion.
– Working in partnership Strategy and Planning and Business Intelligence colleagues on school and faculty benchmarking. Focusing on the research culture and the benefits of open research within our support for scholarly communications.
These and other examples will be explored in the presentation.
Beyond the UK
Looking beyond the UK, we will share findings from a survey of colleagues across the LIBER Emerging Leadership Programme 2019 to capture an indication of research culture and library engagement across LIBER libraries.