Minding the skills gap: A workshop for key training providers

Added by Sarah on 06 August 2008 00:00

Wednesday, 3 September 2008 09:30 - 16:30

Location: Leeds University Business School

The event explored the changing roles of key providers of training to researchers and assessed the potential for libraries to support research by building upon current information literacy support.

Following the RIN report Mind the skills gap: Information-handling training for researchers, the day looked at which forms of training are most appropriate to researchers, including face-to-face/e-learning/blended learning and experiential learning versus behaviourist approaches.

The three main themes of the day were focused strategic perspectives with the national picture presented by Dr Iain Cameron, Head of Research Careers and Diversity Unit, Research Councils UK, capacity and capabilities of library staff, presented by David Streatfield, Information Management Associates and approaches to training researchers by Dr Janet Metcalfe, Director of Vitae. Professor Tom Wilson, University of Sheffield synthesized the workshop discussions and Dr Michael Jubb, Director, RIN summed up the discussions at the end of the day. Their presentations are available below.

The day was attended by a mix of academic staff with responsibility for training researchers and librarians involved in providing services in information-handling to researchers. The presentations were followed by workshops of small groups of 5-6 participants discussing each of the main themes. A report of the main points from these discussions is available below, along with the speaker presentations.

Taking it foward

The RIN organised a follow-on expert workshop in July 2009 to bring together some of the key stakeholders to develop a practical course of action to improve training for researchers in information-handling skills.


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