Redefining 'the librarian' in the context of emerging eResearch services

VALA2014 CONCURRENT SESSION 15: New Territory
Thursday 6 February 2014, 13:45 - 14:15
Persistent URL: http://www.vala.org.au/vala2014-proceedings/vala2014-session-15-simons

Natasha Simons and Sam Searle

Griffith University, Qld

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Abstract

The authors reflect on their experiences in eResearch roles that are redefining ‘the librarian’ in university research support services. Case studies show how their early work experiences in IT and universities, combined with roles in the cultural sector, enabled a transition into eResearch. The paper argues that librarians can add significant value to multidisciplinary eResearch teams, but must take an active approach to professional development and be open to non-traditional roles. The paper concludes with a discussion of essential skills, knowledge and traits for this emerging area, and practical strategies for individuals and organisations wanting to acquire these.

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