New Article: “Meeting the Needs of the ‘Invisible University:’ Identifying Information Needs of Postdoctoral Scholars in the Sciences”
The following refereed article appears in the latest issue of Issues in Science and Technology Librarianship.
New Mexico State University Library
Issues in Science and Technology Librarianship
Academic libraries seek to play a central role in supporting the research enterprise on their campuses. Postdoctoral scholars (“postdocs”) make substantial contributions to academic research and are an important group toward which services can be marketed. They are also difficult to find on many campuses, with some studies referring to this population as the “invisible university.” As a result, little research has been done to identify their needs and interests or to respond through library outreach. This study presents insights derived from interviews with postdoctoral scholars in the sciences at a research university. Though some findings pertain to the immediate campus environment, many are transferable to any library wishing to strengthen its research services.
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About Gary Price
Gary Price (firstname.lastname@example.org) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. He earned his MLIS degree from Wayne State University in Detroit. Price has won several awards including the SLA Innovations in Technology Award and Alumnus of the Year from the Wayne St. University Library and Information Science Program. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com. Gary is also the co-founder of infoDJ an innovation research consultancy supporting corporate product and business model teams with just-in-time fact and insight finding.