This research, supported by RLUK and the AHRC, explores the current and potential role of academic and research libraries as partners in, and leaders of, academic and scholarly research.
We are interested in survey responses from library staff and academics, who have engaged in research partnerships (involving an academic or research library), and equally from those who have not. We also invite responses from research facilitators/administrators, university leaders and funders. The survey should take around 10-15 minutes to complete.
For this research, we are specifically interested in examples of library staff being actively involved as research partners (i.e. being recognised as a collaborator/leader (e.g. Co-I/PI) in a research project) in arts, humanities and social science disciplines, and beyond. This does not include libraries' role in supporting and facilitating institutional research activities more generally, or internal service development research. In this context, 'academic and research libraries' includes information or cultural organisations which are integral to, or closely associated with, an academic or research library, such as a university museum, gallery, archive or special collection.
In the survey, we ask about any research projects involving academic and research libraries that you have been involved in over the last 5 years, so you may want to have details of these to hand (if applicable).
This research is being undertaken by Evidence Base and associates, based at Birmingham City University (BCU). For more information about the project or this survey, please contact Pete Dalton, firstname.lastname@example.org.
All responses will be treated in confidence and all survey data used in reports or other dissemination will be anonymised. Fully anonymised survey responses will be deposited in BCU's institutional repository to allow others to scrutinise and re-use the data.
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