Ensuring a bright future for research libraries: launch event

Added by Sarah on 18 November 2008 18:55

The Research Information Network (RIN) is launching a new guidance booklet, aimed at ensuring high quality information services are provided for researchers.

News release - 18 November 2008

Good library and information services are an essential underpinning for research, just as they are for successful teaching and learning. Success in research, at both national and institutional levels, depends critically on the quality of the information services to which researchers have access.

This new guide Ensuring a bright future for research libraries: A guide for vice-chancellor and senior institutional managers aims to ensure library and information services keep pace with the evolving needs of researchers. The guidance was written by the working group set up to consider the findings and conclusions from the RIN and Research Libraries UK (formerly CURL) report on Researchers? use of academic libraries and their services (April 2007).

Digital technologies and online information resources have brought fundamental changes in how research is done, and also in what researchers expect from library and information services. The services that librarians and information professionals provide have also changed fundamentally over the past decade, and they now offer much more in providing leadership that brings improvements in research performance and effectiveness. New resources, services and technologies continue to create new opportunities, new challenges and new expectations.

Librarians and information services need the resources and the continuing top-level support within their institutions to ensure that they can fulfill their potential and meet these challenges.

The report will be launched on 18 November 2008 by Professor Robert Burgess, Vice-Chancellor at the University of Leicester and the RIN’s Director, Dr Michael Jubb will discuss the framework the guidance provides in terms of ensuring library and information services keep up with the changing needs of researchers.

The full guidance and case studies will be available on the RIN’s website at: www.rin.ac.uk/bright-futures-libraries


Sarah Gentleman - Communications Officer

Email contact@rin.ac.uk tel 020 7412 7241

Notes to editors:

The Research Information Network

The Research Information Network has been established by the higher education funding councils, the research councils, and the national libraries in the UK. We investigate how efficient and effective the information services provided for the UK research community are, how they are changing, and how they might be improved for the future. We help to ensure that researchers in the UK benefit from world-leading information services, so that they can sustain their position as among the most successful and productive researchers in the world.

We work with our funders and with all the stakeholders in the research information landscape - researchers, information management professionals, universities and publishers ? to assess current developments and trends, and to provide advice and guidance on how services, policies and strategies could be improved. Our network extends across the United Kingdom and we also have links overseas, to give a global perspective to our work.

As an independent voice, we can create debates that lead to real change. We use our reports and other publications, events and workshops, blogs, networks and the media to communicate our ideas. All our publications can be downloaded free from our website at www.rin.ac.uk

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