Demystifying eResearch: A Primer for Librarians

Demystifying eResearch: A Primer for Librarians

by Victoria Martin


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eResearch presents new challenges in managing data. This book explains to librarians and other information specialists what eResearch is, how it impacts library services and collections, and how to contribute to eResearch activities at their parent institutions.

Today's librarians need to be technology-savvy information experts who understand how to manage datasets. Demystifying eResearch: A Primer for Librarians prepares librarians for careers that involve eResearch, clearly defining what it is and how it impacts library services and collections, explaining key terms and concepts, and explaining the importance of the field. You will come to understand exactly how the use of networked computing technologies enhances and supports collaboration and innovative methods particularly in scientific research, learn about eResearch library initiatives and best practices, and recognize the professional development opportunities that eResearch offers.

This book takes the broad approach to the complex topic of eResearch and how it pertains to the library community, providing an introduction that will be accessible to readers without a background in electronic research. The author presents a conceptual overview of eResearch with real-world examples of electronic research activities to quickly increase your familiarity with eResearch and awareness of the current state of eResearch librarianship.

• Provides librarians and other information professionals with a clear understanding of what eResearch is and how it impacts library mission, services, and collections

• Defines and explains key eResearch terms and concepts

• Describes eResearch library initiatives and identifies best practices

• Identifies potential eResearch activities areas such as providing assistance with data management plans, depositing data, collecting and disseminating data sets, collaborating with faculty on eResearch projects, performing research consultations, and creating train-the-trainer programs

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781610695206
Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date: 10/17/2014
Pages: 189
Product dimensions: 9.10(w) x 6.10(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Victoria Martin is an author who was life sciences librarian at the University Libraries of George Mason University, a position she held for more than a decade.

Table of Contents


  • List of Acronyms





  • Chapter 1: What is eResearch?

    Chapter 2: Understanding Research Data

    Chapter 3: eResearch Enabling Technologies

    Chapter 4: Strength through Collaboration: Scholarly Communication in the Context of eResearch

    Chapter 5: eResearch Across Disciplines


  • Chapter 6: The Impact of eResearch on Libraries

    Chapter 7: Expanding Traditional Library Services into the eResearch Environment: Classic Roles in a New Context

    Chapter 8: In an Uncharted Territory: Libraries' New and Emerging Services for eResearch

    Chapter 9: Skilling Up for eResearch: Core Competencies and Training Opportunities for Librarians

    Chapter 10: In Search of Unity: Toward New Modes of Knowledge Production

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