Research information, what information?

Added by Sarah on 02 March 2010 10:54

The RIN?s Head of Programmes, St├ęphane Goldstein ran a session on researchers? information-handling skills and training at the Annual Good Practice Conference, organised by the Vitae South West and Wales Hub in Cardiff on 24 February 2010.

The event was attended by 80 people, mainly HEI research office managers, training coordinators and human resources staff.

Entitled Research information? What information?, St├ęphane?s presentation highlighted the lack of a coherent national approach to training for researchers in information-handling skills, referring to the conclusions of RIN?s 2008 Mind the skills gap report. He outlined Vitae?s Researcher Development Framework (RDF), which will create a tool for planning, promoting and supporting the personal, professional and career development of researchers. The RIN coordinated a joint response to the RDF?s consultation late last year, with the aim of ensuring that information literacy has its place in the Framework. He also looked at some of the challenges faced, and ways to overcome, researchers? access to resources (see below for the full presentation)

Participants attending the workshop raised the issue of enhancing and developing the training role of librarians, which was felt could be a good way of helping professionals connect with researchers, as well as establishing a defined role as trainers. Another more intriguing question was the extent to which libraries may be competing with research offices for the provision of certain services, e.g. developing awareness of funding opportunities.

The discussions at the conference will feed into RIN?s work taking forward the findings from the 2008 report, particularly in promoting a joined-up and strategic approach to the relevant training provision for researchers. The RIN-led working group on these issues is currently identifying instances of good practice across the UK in information-handling training and will promote this information to help those involved in researcher development implement effective schemes for researchers, and ensure good information-handling competencies.

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