What is the library’s role in the research enterprise, beyond purchasing and licensing content? The Chronicle of Higher Education brought this interesting topic to us in their article, “Open-Access Platforms Are Key to Research Libraries’ Core Mission.”

Libraries have provided services to researchers for many years. Changes in technology and new publishing models provide opportunities for libraries to be more involved in the research enterprise. Data collection, management, and analysis technologies are changing the landscape of research. Many new opportunities require new partnerships, both within the institution and externally.

Technology is also changing the culture of research. The emergence of team science challenges investigators to work together in new ways.

How can libraries support scholarly workflow at all stages of the research life cycle, including preservation and stewardship of research outputs? And how can we ensure that metadata can be freely exchanged and queried? Libraries have long been wary of the private sector’s role in data about scholarship.

Melody K. Smith

Sponsored by Data Harmony, a unit of Access Innovations, the world leader in indexing and making content findable.