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April 17, 2007

Researchers' use of Academic Libraries and their Services

Writing about web page http://www.rin.ac.uk/projects-list

The latest RIN report (April 2006) Researchers’ use of Academic Libraries and their Services deserves careful analysis. It is a survey contrasting the views of academic librarians and researchers on the subject of how academic libraries do actually support research and how researchers interact with academic libraries.

Even though the report highlights, among other things, the challenge of making library materials findable for research, it is a different report from the earlier one (November 2006) Researchers and Discovery Services: behaviour, perception and needs.

The survey provides an average among a mix of institutions with very different profiles and priorities (72% of librarians surveyed work for “pre-1992” institutions and 24% work for “post-1992” institutions). For this reason I would recommend to read the appendix before the report itself.


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