Research Collections and Support

Libraries are increasingly leveraging the raw materials of scholarship and knowledge formation by emphasizing the creation and curation of institutional research assets and outputs, including digitized special collections, research data, and researcher profiles. Our work informs current thinking about research collections and the emerging services that libraries are offering to support contemporary modes of scholarship. We are encouraging the development of new ways for libraries to build and provide these types of collections and deliver distinctive services. Our efforts are focused in the following three areas:

Moving libraries to the center of research support

Working with libraries to explore new modes of support for research processes, such as tracking and registering researcher identifiers and profiles, engaging with data curation and carrying out research assessment exercises.

Extending the reach and impact of special collections

Assisting libraries to address the challenges of managing the digitization, born digital curation, discoverability and accessibility of distinctive, unique or rare materials in order to maximize value for researchers.

Recent work:

Research and Learning Agenda for Archives, Special, and Distinctive Collections in Research Libraries

Descriptive Metadata for Web Archiving - Recommendations, Literature and Harvesting Tools Review

The Transformation of Academic Library Collecting: A Synthesis of the Harvard Library’s Hazen Memorial Symposium

Making Archives and Special Collections More Accessible


Adapting to the evolving scholarly record

Helping libraries transition their capacities to support the collection, curation and long-term accessibility of emerging scholarly outputs in a digital, networked environment.