Why?

A series of tweets and articles set us all thinking….

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Times Higher Education, 12.8.16

NPR, 11.23.16 [While this piece focuses on high school students rather than early career researchers, it demonstrates the importance of lifelong information literacy skills]

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PBS NewsHour, 10.24.16

Library Journal, 7.20.16

Increasing value and reducing waste in biomedical research: librarians are listening and are part of the answer. HTML.

The Lancet, April 16, 2016.

… and formulating questions…

  • What is the role of librarians in the era of Google Search?
  • How does information become trusted knowledge?
  • Who teaches digital literacy skills to early career researchers?
  • Would librarian involvement in peer-review strengthen it?
  • Could librarians help assess funding applications?
  • Is the art form of systematic review entirely misunderstood?
  • Should a librarian be embedded in every biomedical research dept?

…we read the Ithaka S+R faculty survey 2015 which observed that…

Interest in supporting students and their competencies and learning outcomes shows signs of surging. Since the previous cycle of the survey, there has been an increase in the share of faculty members who believe that their undergraduate students have poor research skills and a substantial increase in the perceived importance of the role of the library in helping undergraduate students develop research, critical analysis, and information literacy skills.

… and we decided to get together over Skype to discuss our observations.