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|Title:||On-demand virtual research environments and the changing roles of librarians|
|Author(s):||Leonardo Candela, (Istituto di Scienza e Technologie dell'Informazione “A. Faedo”, Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche, Pisa, Italy), Donatella Castelli, (Istituto di Scienza e Technologie dell'Informazione “A. Faedo”, Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche, Pisa, Italy), Pasquale Pagano, (Istituto di Scienza e Technologie dell'Informazione “A. Faedo”, Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche, Pisa, Italy)|
|Citation:||Leonardo Candela, Donatella Castelli, Pasquale Pagano, (2009) "On-demand virtual research environments and the changing roles of librarians", Library Hi Tech, Vol. 27 Iss: 2, pp.239 - 251|
|Keywords:||Communication technologies, Digital libraries, Librarians, Research, Scientists|
|DOI:||10.1108/07378830910968191 (Permanent URL)|
|Publisher:||Emerald Group Publishing Limited|
|Acknowledgements:||The D4Science project illustrated above is partially financially supported by the European Commission, Research Infrastructures, Grant Agreement No. 212488.Special thanks go to Maria Bruna Baldacci for her valuable help in improving the readability of the paper.|
Purpose – The aim of this paper is to discuss how new technologies for supporting scientific research will possibly influence the librarians' work.
Design/methodology/approach – The discussion is conducted in a context that takes into account the emergence of e-infrastructures as means to realise a new model of producing, using and sharing information resources and even to change the concept of information resource itself. At the core of this innovation there are virtual research environments, i.e. evolved versions of the current “research libraries”.
Findings – The environments provide scientists with collaborative and customised environments supporting results production and exchange around the globe in a cost-efficient manner. The experiences made with these innovative research environments within the D4Science project is reported.
Originality/value – On the basis of this experience, possible professional profiles are suggested for librarians working in these new evolved “research libraries”.
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