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Researcher development models and library research support

Fathima Azra Fazal (Department of Library and Information Science, Panjab University, Chandigarh, India and Working as Junior Technical Superintendent at IIT Tirupati, Andhra Pradesh, India)
Rupak Chakravarty (Department of Library and Information Science, Panjab University, Chandigarh, India and Working as Junior Technical Superintendent at IIT Tirupati, Andhra Pradesh, India)

Library Hi Tech News

ISSN: 0741-9058

Article publication date: 23 August 2021

Issue publication date: 19 November 2021

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Abstract

Purpose

This paper aims to discuss with an introductory narrative on the models and its role in the context of librarianship.

Design/methodology/approach

This paper explores the relationship between researcher development and library research support. The authors observed the interconnectedness of the two concepts and how this should be studied more with respect to librarianship. Five major higher education and researcher development–related models are examined to assess which would be more suited for library’s research support activities. Accordingly, Prof Linda Evans’ conceptual researcher development model, the Vitae Researcher Development Framework (RDF), the Research Skill Development Framework, Society of College, National and University Libraries Seven Pillars of Information Literacy model and Association of College and Research Libraries’ Standards for Libraries in Higher Education were reviewed. Review and examination of the frameworks, along with relevant literature on the topic, were examined.

Findings

The authors found that the Vitae RDF seemed most ideal, as it was comprehensive and detailed in presentation and could be used not just by the academic staff but also by librarians and researchers to their benefit.

Research limitations/implications

Further studies and thorough review of recent educational and library-related frameworks and models are required from the lens of library research support.

Practical implications

Application of frameworks needs to be actively adopted by librarians.

Originality/value

There are few studies that have examined researcher development and research support in librarianship in conjunction. The present study has aimed to bridge this gap.

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Citation

Fazal, F.A. and Chakravarty, R. (2021), "Researcher development models and library research support", Library Hi Tech News, Vol. 38 No. 4, pp. 18-22. https://doi.org/10.1108/LHTN-04-2021-0015

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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