JERUSALEM, Israel, June 13, 2019 – Ex Libris®, a ProQuest company, is pleased to announce the publication of a study that examines the challenges that researchers confront at institutions of higher education and the level of support provided by research offices and libraries. The study was commissioned by Ex Libris and conducted by Alterline, an independent research agency. The report presents findings from a survey of 300 researchers and interviews with nine senior members of research offices in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Australia.
The key findings of the study include the following:
Ex Libris Vice President of Research Information Management Solutions Nadav Doron commented, “The new study sheds light on potential directions that institutions can take to improve support for academic research. Although researchers state that they are pleased with the current level of support, the study shows that they are not fully leveraging library and research office expertise. The use of these services can reduce the administrative burden on researchers and improve the impact of research.”
Zara Lawson, Research Manager at Alterline, said: “We were pleased to see the level of engagement from researchers. The feedback we received supports the growing trend of using technology to maximize efficiency, research integrity, and research impact. However, there is clearly much more to be done to ensure that current resources are used to their full potential and can effectively deliver the information required by both research office members and scholars.”
Alterline is an insight and intelligence agency specializing in higher education. Over the past eight years we have worked on over 60 university campuses to drive positive change. Our work has covered teaching and learning, library user experience, widening participation and alumni engagement. Our ground-breaking ‘University Futures’ and ‘Pulse’ series are bringing clients together to work on common challenges. Building communities of practice around insight and intelligence tools, our work offers opportunities for shared learning and collaboration and is leading to practical action and exciting innovations.
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