Monday, July 07, 2008

Information-handling training for researchers

The report Mind the Skills Gap: Information-handling training for researchers has been published by the Research Information Network. It has a particular focus on what library and information specialists can do, and how information skills training meshes with other skills training being delivered to academic researchers.
On the website you can download the report, a literature review, cases studies, and details of how the focus groups were run:
There are a large number of recommendations, with action expected from various bodies including SCONUL.
The minority of the research for this report, in fact, consisted of surveying researchers about their needs, which surprised me a bit (the methodology is described towards the end of the report).
Photo by Sheila Webber: Port Julia, Australia, July 2008.

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