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

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dc.contributor.author Patterson, Avril
dc.date.accessioned 2011-02-21T10:12:04Z
dc.date.available 2011-02-21T10:12:04Z
dc.date.copyright Copyright 2009, Emerald Group Publishing Limited en
dc.date.issued 2009
dc.identifier.citation Interlending & Document Supply en
dc.identifier.issn 0264-1615
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10197/2775
dc.description.abstract 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 Findings – It has been suggested that the greatest obstacle to finding library research is that librarians do not publish their research.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. en
dc.description.sponsorship Not applicable en
dc.format.extent 122765 bytes
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf
dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher Emerald Group Publishing Limited en
dc.subject Resource sharing en
dc.subject Collection development en
dc.subject Electronic resources en
dc.subject Consortia academic libraries en
dc.subject Research support en
dc.subject Research funding en
dc.subject Information literacy en
dc.subject Professional development en
dc.subject.lcsh Cooperative collection development (Libraries)--Ireland en
dc.subject.lcsh Library cooperation--Ireland en
dc.subject.lcsh Academic libraries--Electronic information resources--Ireland en
dc.subject.lcsh Library science--Research en
dc.title Research support through resource sharing : challenges and opportunities for Irish academic libraries en
dc.type Journal Article en
dc.internal.availability Full text available en
dc.internal.webversions Publisher's version en
dc.internal.webversions http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/02641610910962328 en
dc.status Peer reviewed en
dc.identifier.volume 37 en
dc.identifier.issue 2 en
dc.identifier.startpage 87 en
dc.identifier.endpage 93 en
dc.identifier.doi 10.1108/02641610910962328
dc.neeo.contributor Patterson|Avril|aut| en


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