Scholarly Information Practices Project

Note: This project has been completed.

As libraries seek to integrate their services "into the flow" of research and scholarship, there is increasing attention to the varying expectations and requirements of different disciplinary communities.  A number of research institutions and organizations have undertaken projects to characterize the information needs and service expectations of faculty and students in the humanities, social sciences and natural sciences.  Yet, in spite of the burgeoning literature on scholarly information practices, there is little consensus about how it might inform library service development.

To increase awareness of the available evidence base on this topic and stimulate further reflection on its implications for the research library community, RLG Programs commissioned an expert report that:

  • Identifies recent literature on changing research practices;
  • Summarizes that literature, noting any significant disciplinary differences; and
  • Synthesizes relevant recommendations for library service development, focusing in particular on opportunities for library cooperation.

Under the direction of Professor Carole Palmer, research staff at the Center for Informatics Research in Science and Scholarship at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, undertook a comprehensive literature review for this project. The final report, published in January 2009, is available here:
Palmer, Carole L., Lauren C. Teffeau and Carrie M. Pirmann. Scholarly Information Practices in the Online Environment: Themes from the Literature and Implications for Library Service Development. (.pdf: 412K/59 pp.)


For more information

Constance Malpas
Program Officer, RLG Programs