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Scholarly Communication


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:

Month Event Title
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
June Research Integrity
May Research Support Ambassador 2016 Launch
April Research Support Ambassador 2015 Showcase
March Symplectic Training
March 'Show Me the Money'
March Camtasia Training
February 'You Say Cataloguing, I Say Metadata'