Developing research support services: focus group interviews as a method for librarians to understand the everyday life of researchers

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Title Developing research support services: focus group interviews as a method for librarians to understand the everyday life of researchers
Author(s) Kjellberg, Sara ; Wiklund, Gunilla ; Voog, Hanna
Date 2013
Editor(s) Huvila, Isto
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[Please download PDF for full abstract with references, 2 pages] The development of research support services is a topic that at the moment gains much attention in research libraries. Especially since questions of open access and publishing support over the last decade have increased as a part of research libraries’ assignments. However, according to Wiklund (2012) there is a lack of research on how libraries support research or researchers, not least perspectives based in the everyday practices of the researchers. Often the literature adopts a library perspective and describes specific projects in a particular library or focuses on particular aspects of offered support, e.g. related to publishing issues. There is a need for more researcher-centered approaches. In this poster we discuss focus groups as a method for librarians to understand the everyday life of researchers. It is based on the results from a project at Lund University Libraries in 2012 (Voog et al, 2013; Wiklund & Voog, 2013 ). The main purpose of the project was to identify areas where the research support services could be developed both on a faculty level and in collaboration between the libraries at the university. The starting point was to look at the problem as a strategic one and grasp various aspects of support, not only specific parts.
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Host/Issue ASIS&T EUROPEAN WORKSHOP 2013 Proceedings of the Second Association for Information Science and Technology ASIS&T European Workshop 2013 June 5-6, Åbo/Turku, Finland;
Language eng (iso)
Subject(s) library and information studies
research support services
academic libraries
focus group interviews
Humanities/Social Sciences
Research Subject Categories::HUMANITIES and RELIGION
Note ASIS&T European Workshop 2013, 2013-06-05 - 2013-06-06, Åbo, Finland
Handle http://hdl.handle.net/2043/15520 (link to this page)
Link http://blogs.abo.fi/aew2013/ (external link to related web page)

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