Librarians have been providing support to researchers for many years, typically with a focus on responding to researchers' needs for access to the existing literature. However, librarians' skills and expertise make them uniquely suited to provide a wide range of assistance to researchers across the entire research process, from conception of the research question to archiving of collected data at the project's conclusion. In response to increasingly stringent demands on researchers to share their data, and as computationally intensive and primarily data-driven scientific methods begin to take the place of traditional lab-based research, the "research informationist" has emerged as a new information profession. With a background in library and information sciences, as well as expertise in best practices for data management, grant funder policies, and informatics tools, the research informationist is capable of implementing a full suite of research support services. This book will discuss how the research informationist role has developed out of the previously established clinical informationist model and how it expands on the model of embedded librarianship. The book will also examine core competencies for the successful research informationist and the training and preparation necessary for students in library and information sciences programs, as well as currently practicing librarians. Finally, this book will consider how research informationists can form collaborative partnerships with research teams and build their services outside the walls of the library, citing practical examples of the types of support research informationists can offer.
Table of Contents
Embedded Librarianship and the Evolution of the Informationist Service Model
Research Informationist Services Across the Research Life Cycle
Core Competencies for Research Informationists
About the Author(s)Lisa Federer
Lisa Federer, MLIS, MA, AHIP is a Research Data Informationist at the University of California, Los Angeles Louise M. Darling Biomedical Library. She received her Masters of Library and Information Studies at UCLA in 2011. Prior to obtaining her MLIS, she received a Master of Arts in English at the University of North Texas, where she was an Adjunct Professor of English until 2009. Her research interests include data management and curation, researchers' information-seeking behavior, data visualization, and bioinformatics.