New library roles focus on web services and information literacy: survey

A new survey highlights growth areas for library staff; predicts declines in more established areas.

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Overall, the survey indicates a clear perception among respondents that discovery services are improving users’ pathways to the scholarly content they need, including helping users find new items they do not know about and facilitating linking to online resources licensed by the library.

The survey also indicates that research support is changing at many institutions. New services for  faculty members include providing guidance on copyright issues -- an important priority at about half of the institutions responding to the survey. Supporting digital research methods is also a high priority for a number of institutions.

The survey points to some divergence between the strategic views of library directors and faculty members at their institutions. For example, library directors who responded to the survey indicated widespread confidence that it is principally the function of the library to foster information literacy skills. In contrast, faculty members have a more mixed view of where this responsibility lies.

Faculty members were also less comfortable than library directors regarding the transition from print to electronic journals.

The report can be downloaded here:

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