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:


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Building Cross-campus Relationships

Building Cross-campus Relationships in Research Support Services

By Rebecca Bryant, Brian Lavoie

CNI Fall Membership Meeting

Robust, sustainable provision of research support services such as research data management, research information management, and research analytics requires careful attention to social interoperability—the creation and maintenance of working relationships between individuals and organizational units around the campus—to promote effective collaboration across internal silos. Research support is an enterprise-scale activity, involving units like the library, the research office, campus IT, and many others

This presentation provides an overview of findings from the recent OCLC Research report “Social Interoperability in Research Support: Cross-Campus Partnerships and the University Research Enterprise.” The report explores the social and structural norms that shape cross-campus collaboration; offers a conceptual model of key university stakeholders in research support; provides an overview of the goals, interests, expertise, and crucially, the importance of cross-campus relationships for these stakeholders; and concludes with recommendations for establishing and maintaining successful cross-campus relationships. 

The report is based on a synthesis of information gathered from interviews conducted with practitioners from a wide range of campus stakeholders in research support. Attendees will take away a deeper understanding of the campus stakeholders involved in major categories of research support services and learn techniques for establishing and sustaining partnerships with these stakeholders.

Topics: Research Data Management, Research Support