Saturday, April 14, 2007

Researchers' Use of Academic Libraries and Their Services

This major study involving over 2,250 researchers and 300 librarians will be of interest to librarians everywhere for a number of reasons, including of course open access:

Researchers' use of academic libraries and their services, was commissioned by Research Information Network (RIN) and Consortium of University Research Libraries (CURL) and carried out by Sheridan Brown and Alma Swan of Key Perspectives.

This report shows that we have educational and promotional work to do! Findings include:

About 1 in 10 researchers fully understand open access

Researchers' awareness of institutional repositories is lagging; 52% of librarians said their institution had an IR, but only 15% of researchers.

Thanks to Peter Suber, who provides a useful extract and comments.

1 comment:

borrodell said...

Hi Heather,

Just a quick note to say thanks for writing about our report - hope you found it interesting reading! Do let us know if you have any comments or queries.

All the best