The OCLC Research Library Partnership: the challenges of developing scholarly services in a decentralized landscape

On November 1st, North American members of the OCLC Research Library Partnership came together in Baltimore to engage in day-long discussion on three concurrent topics: Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) efforts, unique and distinctive collections, and scholarly communications and workflows. My colleagues Karen Smith-Yoshimura and Merrilee Proffitt have previously written on the first two discussions. Scholarly communications in a …

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Announcing a Spanish language version of the Survey on Research Information Management Practices

We are pleased to announce that thanks to translation support from CONCYTEC, the Peruvian National Council for Science, Technology and Technological Innovation, the international Survey of Research Information Management Practices, collaboratively developed by OCLC Research and euroCRIS, is now available in a Spanish-language version. CONCYTEC will be encouraging the completion of the survey by research organizations …

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Take the OCLC-euroCRIS survey of research information management practices

Research information management (RIM), also often called Current Research Information Systems (CRISs), is the aggregation, curation, and utilization of metadata about research activities. Institutional RIM adoption, in tandem with activities by publishers, funders, and libraries, can help to reliably connect a complex scholarly communications landscape of researchers, affiliations, publications, datasets, grants, projects, and their persistent …

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Trust, sustainability, collaboration. . . and research libraries under the Greek sun

We recently returned from attending the LIBER annual conference, held in Patras, Greece. LIBER is the Ligue des Bibliothèques Européennes de Recherche – Association of European Research Libraries and serves as an important professional organization for national and university libraries throughout Europe. We attended to talk with European research librarians and also to present preliminary …

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Institutional researchers and librarians unite!

Institutional research information management requires the engagement and partnership of numerous stakeholders within the university or research institution. A critical stakeholder group on any campus are institutional researchers, and I encourage greater collaboration between university libraries and institutional research professionals to support research information management. Last week I had the opportunity to present a poster at the annual meeting of …

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OCLC Research Library Partners meet in Sydney

Last month representatives from twelve of the fifteen OCLC Research Library Partners in Australia, Hong Kong and New Zealand met together at the University of Sydney. Before the two-hour meeting, participants had submitted their “top three priorities”. Most (25 of 36) fell under the rubric of “research collections and support”, for example: Research processes: Addressing …

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An increasing role for libraries in research information management

It’s no secret that the research ecosystem has been experiencing rapid change in recent years, driven by complex political, technological, and network influences. One component of this complicated environment is the adoption of research information management (RIM) practices by research institutions, and particularly the increasing involvement of libraries in this development. Research information management is …

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