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About the Conference

At the turn of the century there were many that believed that academic libraries were dying and were seeking new roles and responsibilities to get off 'life support'. Since then changes in higher education pedagogy, digitisation of scholarly content, and increases in the influence of technologies have transformed academic library services.

Academic libraries are now moving away from reactive research support and towards a proactive role as a contributor to research and the research production process. This transformation is demanding a 'deeper meaning' of research support for the researcher. In support of that 'deeper meaning' libraries are providing a new and expanded set of services which includes, inter alia​, research data management, curation and preservation; facilitation of open access and bibliometric analysis.

The use of research performance management tools to scan the research landscape, strengthening of self-retrieval of scholarly literature, assistance in the dissemination of research results via publication, and assistance in determining impact factor, are all part of this suite of services offered by a newly transformed research support service of the academic library. 

The objectives of the conference include:

  • Engaging in debate on the challenges and benefits of providing new research support services;

  • Identifying new research support services and establishing a community of practice;

  • Creating a deeper understanding of research data management

Key Dates

Date Action
13 March 2015 Closing date for call for proposals.
27 March 2015 Applicants to be informed as to whether their paper has been accepted
02 April 2015 Applicants to confirm acceptance of offer
14 May 2015 Deadline for submission of full papers
31 July 2015 Submission of presentations
31 July 2015 Close of Registration
13 August 2015  Presentation of Papers
14 August 2015 Workshop on Research Data Management