Beyond Reference: New Models for Librarian Involvement in Scientific Research
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Devare, Medha; Steinhart, Gail
Science librarians today increasingly serve users whose research is highly dependent on sophisticated information technology. Providing good service to such users not only involves knowledge of a wide variety of technologies and information tools, but also an understanding of the research process itself. Consequently, libraries are increasingly hiring librarians with expertise in the broad subject areas of their stakeholder communities. In addition to providing reference and consultation services, science librarians' responsibilities may potentially include specialized instruction, non-traditional outreach, and work on special projects to facilitate the research process. The participants on this panel briefly described their varied responsibilities and non-traditional roles, and invited discussion on the topic of librarian involvement in scientific research.
Contributing institutions: Cornell University; Albert R. Mann Library