Advancing the Research Mission

Our thematic area previously known as Research Information Management has been updated and is now referred to as Advancing the Research Mission.

How can libraries effectively support the research missions of their universities and the workflow of their faculty? Libraries can create a cluster of high-value, distinctive services by directly supporting researchers, managing and aggregating the research output, and ensuring that it enhances the reputation of the faculty and the institution. What services do scholars need? How can their output be preserved, discovered and re-used? What can be done to ensure that the proper acknowledgment accrues to the correct entities? Our objective is to understand the ways that libraries can have maximum impact in providing support to academic departments.

For a complete overview of our approach to our work in this area and what we want to accomplish, read on to understand what we’re working on and why in the detailed Advancing the Research Mission description.

Current Activities

Changes in Scholarly Communication

This goal of this project is to help libraries find new ways to support their institutions' research mission.

Support for Research Workflows

A collaborative project of OCLC Research and the UK's Research Information Network (RIN) to examine the use and provision of information-related tools and services to researchers throughout the lifecycle of the research process.

Role of Libraries in Data Curation

An investigation into ways that libraries can support researchers' data needs and institutional needs for dataset curation.

Some of the activities listed here have prototypes or demonstrations you can explore and play with. You can find a list of just those hands-on activities in ResearchWorks.

A few of these activities have generated software that you can download and build upon. Go to our software page for a list of only those activities.

The OCLC Research Library Partnership has sponsored the activities with this mark.

We are a worldwide library cooperative, owned, governed and sustained by members since 1967. Our public purpose is a statement of commitment to each other—that we will work together to improve access to the information held in libraries around the globe, and find ways to reduce costs for libraries through collaboration.