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Advancing the Research Mission

How can libraries effectively support the research missions of their universities and the workflow of their faculty? Libraries can create a cluster of high-value, distinctive services by directly supporting researchers, managing and aggregating the research output, and ensuring that it enhances the reputation of the faculty and the institution. What services do scholars need? How can their output be preserved, discovered and re-used? What can be done to ensure that the proper acknowledgment accrues to the correct entities? Our objective is to understand the ways that libraries can have maximum impact in providing support to academic departments.

For a complete overview of our approach to our work in this area and what we want to accomplish, read on to understand what we’re working on and why in the detailed Advancing the Research Mission description.

Current Activities

Changes in Scholarly Communication

This goal of this project is to help libraries find new ways to support their institutions' research mission.

Support for Research Workflows

A collaborative project of OCLC Research and the UK's Research Information Network (RIN) to examine the use and provision of information-related tools and services to researchers throughout the lifecycle of the research process.

Role of Libraries in Data Curation

An investigation into ways that libraries can support researchers' data needs and institutional needs for dataset curation.