The Researcher-Centered View at Academic Libraries

In an (admittedly older) report for OCLC [pdf] on how academic libraries should take advantage of the move many universities are taking toward improving research, John MacColl points out:

"In our Research Information Management (RIM) programme of work, we presume that libraries in research universities need to rethink the services they provide by taking a researcher-centred view": 


This model puts the researcher at the centre, producing research outputs primarily for the purpose of advancing their own field of intellectual exploration, or do main (or indeed confluence of domains, in the case of interdisciplinary research). However, many of those outputs are also expropriated by other environments. Research funding bodies will often assume some ownership or interest in them if they have provided the funds for the research that produced them. The researcher’s institution is also likely to want to keep a full record of all outputs produced on the campus, and its mission will influence the research areas it particularly champions. Research funders and institutions both also have interests in making many of these outputs Open Access, and in the case of some funders there are repositories that mandate deposit of these outputs. Institutions commonly maintain Open Access repositories as well, and in other cases these are maintained on behalf of domains (‘subject repositories’). Articulation between these environmentally-located repositories therefore makes sense, though is not yet necessarily always effective.