ASIS&T 2013 Annual Meeting 
Montral, Qubec, Canada | November 1-5, 2013

Research Know-How for Research Support Services: Preparing Information Specialists for Emerging Roles

Sheila Corrall, University of Pittsburgh
Mary Anne Kennan, Charles Sturt University
Dorothea Salo, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Tuesday, 3:30pm


Several studies over the past five years have identified technical and discipline-related skills and knowledge gaps as potential constraints on the development of library research data services. Recent research spanning several countries confirms the need for data curation and technology skills, but also reveals that practitioners are engaging with other complementary forms of research support and need a multilayered understanding of the research environment extending beyond the research skills typically gained in master degree programs. 

Panelists will discuss the importance of understanding the research environment for the provision of effective information and technology support to researchers and the implications for curriculum development in graduate education. Our specific context is the growing involvement of academic libraries and information services in the management of research data, but the issues have wider implications for the education and development of information specialists in other settings, including research institutes, government organizations and public libraries.