Leeds University Library

Responding to change - Research Support Team

Published Tuesday 8 November 2016

Stacks of journals in a line

Paper explaining new Library approach for researchers

A prestigious journal has published the story of how the Library's Research Support Team is meeting the needs of researchers. The Library's Deirdre Andre, Sally Dalton and Pat Spoor were published in the Journal of the European Association for Health Information and Libraries (EAHIL) in September

The paper, "New directions: health librarians in the changing research landscape" focuses on the reasons behind establishing the Library's new Research Support Team (formerly named "Scholarly Communications and Researcher Skills Team"). 

It outlines how the team developed their skills and services to benefit the growing needs of researchers. The changes to the team were driven by findings in a report by the Research Information Network and Research Libraries UK in 2011 which identified the key characteristics of library provision required to support research in successful UK universities. These included exploiting new technologies and new models of scholarly communications, and connecting with researchers to enhance the value of library services. A need for an increased emphasis on the role of academic libraries in developing researchers' skills was also highlighted. The EAHIL article explains how Leeds University Library responded to these findings to develop its team to meet researcher needs.

Deirdre Andre (Research Support Advisor) also presented the paper at the EAHIL 2016 Conference in Spain and received the "best oral presentation EAHIL first-time attendee" award.