Jul 2007 | 296pp
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The emphasis on principles and techniques in the book means that it is perfect reading for busy practitioners but it is also eminently suitable for students and researchers trying to get to grips with this tricky area.
Researchers rely on libraries to provide the information they need; equally, supporting research is a fundamental reason for libraries' existence. This book is first to explore the crucial relationship between libraries and researchers, focusing on developing and managing effective library services to support research and researchers. It covers researchers' information-seeking behaviour, their needs and wants; reviews the management and service response; and then places these issues into a wider strategic context.
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Readership: This book will inform and advise all those who work with researchers in libraries, combining practical advice with an exploration of fundamental issues relating to the relationship between research and libraries. It will be essential reading for all who work in academic and research libraries.
1. Supporting research and researchers: some perspectives
2. Current challenges for libraries and research support
3. Defining research and researchers
4. Collection management
5. The researcher’s toolkit: resources
6. Services to support research
7. The information-literate researcher
8. Facing the future: key challenges
9. Key principles for supporting research
"This book is more than just a guide to providing effective library services for research. It suceeds in setting up issues for debate while moving well beyond scholarly deliberation, bringing in voices and experiences of those working in the field today."
- Information World Review
"In fact, I enjoyed all the quotations which are liberally scattered throughout this book. One was left with the impression at the end - that this simply was a labour of love for all involved."
"Every profession needs to understand its clientele. Rarely does library literature do so as successfully as the authors of this unexpected little gem."
- Australian Library Journal