As one of the world’s leading research institutions, Cambridge University is supported by its range of libraries and library staff. The Supporting Researchers in the 21st Century Programme seeks to develop staff to ensure that they are providing the best possible service to researchers in addition to enhancing professional development opportunities.
Scholarly Communication is the process of academics, scholars and researchers sharing and publishing their research findings so that they are available to the wider academic community and beyond. Traditionally this has occurred in the form of monograph and journal article publishing but the landscape is changing as new technologies become available. The Supporting Researchers Programme will help staff to realise their potential in this rapidly moving area and equip them with the skills needed to provide a superior service to the research community.
This Programme is open to all library staff in Cambridge across colleges, departments, faculties and the University Library. As everyone will deal with researchers and the research process as part of their role the training is relevant to library staff across all grades. For details on upcoming session please see our Events page.
There are two main components of the Supporting Researchers Programme:
- a regular training programme covering all aspects of scholarly communication.
- the Research Support Ambassador Programme. This programme seeks to provide more specialised training to interested library staff to allow them to become the local expert in their library on scholarly communication issues and runs annually from June to October.
Training sessions offered in the last year have reached over 350 library staff. Sessions included:
|October||Symplectic Ninja Training|
|September||Open Access: A Primer for Librarians|
|September||Copyright: A Survival Guide for Librarians|
|August||Altmetrics: A Primer for Librarians|
|August||Bibliometrics for Librarians|
|August||Research Data Management for Librarians|
|June||Presentations: From Design to Delivery|
|May||Research Support Ambassador 2016 Launch|
|April||Research Support Ambassador 2015 Showcase|
|March||'Show Me the Money'|
|February||'You Say Cataloguing, I Say Metadata'|