An Ex Libris-commissioned report uncovers lower levels of support from the research office and library versus 2019, increased pressure on research funding, and opportunities for greater collaboration between research offices and libraries.
Libris, a ProQuest company, is pleased to announce the publication of its annual study on the challenges that academic researchers face, the priorities of research office leaders, and key opportunities for research offices and libraries to support scholarship at institutions of higher education.
The study was commissioned by Ex Libris and conducted by Alterline, an independent research agency. The report presents findings from a survey of 314 researchers across a range of disciplines and 101 senior members of research offices in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Australia.
The key findings of the study include the following:
Ex Libris Corporate Vice President of Learning and Research Solutions Shlomi Kringel commented, “This year’s study highlights some of the unique challenges that COVID-19 has imposed on researchers and institutions of higher education. The report sheds light on ways in which research offices and libraries can use their expertise and further collaborate to address a variety of institutional needs, such as securing research funding, improving the visibility of research work, and relieving scholars of research-related administrative burdens.”
Zara Lawson, Research Manager at Alterline, said: “This year, we saw existing challenges intensified by COVID-19, with both members of research offices and researchers facing pressure to continue delivering excellent research, bring in funding, and manage workloads in the face of new restrictions and limited time to perform these activities. There is clear need for the improvement of technological systems to support these activities, and greater pressure to work collaboratively to meet these shared goals.”
Read the report (freely accessible) here