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Keeping Current: Scholarly Communication Tools

Poster found through the TRANLIB (SLA Transportation Division) discussion list

The tools and workflows of scholarly communication has changed significantly since I graduated from library school five years ago. A recent poster by two Utrecht University librarians provides a terrific view of developments, workflow examples, and 101 tools and sites that are used in six research workflow phases.

Kramer, Bianca; Bosman, Jeroen (2015): 101 Innovations in Scholarly Communication – the Changing Research Workflow. figshare (Retrieved Jan 29, 2015)

It’s interesting to see the important developments that they identified in each of the research workflow phases. We should especially look at the trends, expectations, and opportunities to see how our libraries can meet these needs. We should also look at the challenges and disruptive developments and consider how those will affect our customers. I found the expectation in the writing phase, “integration with publication and assessment tools,” the most surprising and the challenge of quality of measuring tools for assessment the one I would like to look into more carefully.

I found it fun to look at the typical workflow examples to see where I fit in. I’m somewhere between modern and innovative, with a lot of Google thrown in. I also tried to test myself of how many of the 101 tools and sites I recognized – I did quite well in discovery and assessment, but I have tools to learn in writing and publication.

This poster gives me a goals for research workflow developments to keep an eye on, and a number of tools to familiarize myself with.

How did you do with recognizing the tools shown? What tools and sites have you found most useful to you and your customers? What research workflow developments do you think is the most important for federal libraries to take note of?

One Response to “Keeping Current: Scholarly Communication Tools”

  1. Nancy Faget says:

    Great poster and article, Stacy. I found the workflow model very helpful in visualizing where researchers spend their time (discovery, analysis, writing) which are the same areas that the library, technical editing currently assist them.

    We don’t assist as much in analysis (and I would include visualization here), but we’re making progress in building and advertising those skills.

    We can do MUCH more to help in the areas of outreach and assessment which are supplemental activities that the organization doesn’t capitalize on as much as it could.



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