“My universe is here”: implications for the future of academic libraries from the results of a survey of researchers
Moncrieff, Joan, Macauley, Peter and Epps, Janine 2007, “My universe is here”: implications for the future of academic libraries from the results of a survey of researchers, Australian academic & research libraries, vol. 38, no. 2, pp. 71-83.
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One of the major challenges of university libraries is to adequately support the information needs of researchers. This paper outlines the results of a survey conducted by Deakin University Library into the information needs of researchers and the library’s perceived role and performance. The survey consisted of twenty-three interviews conducted with researchers, and its results challenged established ideas regarding researchers’ preference for print, age of resources required, and reliance on specialist rather than general or cross-disciplinary databases. Of note were the decreasing physical use of the library, the increasing importance of online resources and the changing need for library support services. The study raises some key questions relating to the future of libraries and the role of librarians.
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