The following question is from SSHRC, Canada's Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council. SSHRC is in a process of consultation to transform its processes, particularly in regards to scholarly communications. Any suggestions on how to answer this question, on or off list, would be most appreciated. The question refers to a summary of comments on "Changing Roles of Librarians", a discussion on the SCHOLCOMM list, which can be found at:
One question for you: following from the comments by Elaine Toms and others, how do we actually build functional bridges between researchers and research librarians? I'm looking for real practical measures that can be taken by all the players in the academic world -- researchers, institutional managers, librarians, associations such as CARL and ARL, funding agencies and governments -- and not just a list of what can be done, what services can be provided, but rather how to make the collaborations real, how to get them in place.
The value we add as librarians does not depend on whether we purchase the information we provide. Anonymous.
Originally posted to the SPARC Open Access Forum and CACUL-L June 23, 2005.
This post reflects my personal opinion only and does not represent the opinions or policy of the BC Electronic Library Network or the Simon Fraser University Library.