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Research support through resource sharing : challenges and opportunities for Irish academic libraries

By Avril Patterson

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Purpose – The purpose of this paper it to outline current resource-sharing initiatives in Irish academic libraries that support increased research activity in line with national policy. This paper aims to point to the challenges and opportunities such initiatives present. Design/methodology/approach – The approach takes the form of a review paper based on practice. Findings – It has been suggested that the greatest obstacle to finding library research is that librarians do not publish their research. As financial constraints impact on all publicly funded organisations it is not unreasonable to suggest that decision making will become more dependent on research evidence than previously. Economies of scale cannot justify the development of a research body such as the Research Information Network (RIN) in the UK and, while its output is relevant to higher education in Ireland, it is important to remember that its findings must be adapted and scaled to the Irish environment, and that partnerships and collaboration may result in different dynamics from those in a larger polity. It is therefore important that Irish research is documented and published, so that it helps map the information landscape which supports the research agenda and the national interest. Originality/value – The paper presents a synthesis of current practice, outlining current shortcomings and challenges. It will be of interest to all librarians concerned to learn more about resource sharing in the British Isles and in particular in the Republic of Ireland

Topics: Resource sharing, Collection development, Electronic resources, Consortia academic libraries, Research support, Research funding, Information literacy, Professional development, Cooperative collection development (Libraries)--Ireland, Library cooperation--Ireland, Academic libraries--Electronic information resources--Ireland, Library science--Research
Publisher: Emerald Group Publishing Limited
Year: 2009
DOI identifier: 10.1108/02641610910962328
OAI identifier: oai:researchrepository.ucd.ie:10197/2775
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