Scholarly Infomation Practices & Library Services: OCLC report

This new report, Scholarly Information Practices in the Online Environment: Themes from the Literature and Implications for Library Service Development, from OCLC Research has already had a lot of publicity, not least via Lorcan Dempsey’s blog. But I thought I’d just mention it here in case others haven’t picked up on it

I have just read it and I really liked it. Not because it told me lots of new things but because it manages to very clearly set out a summary of the salient aspects of the information behaviour of researchers from a range of literature and it draws out the implications for library services. I think it is really well written.

Just the kind of report for someone that finds themself ‘information rich and time poor’! (Leigh term):-).

Palmer, Carole L., Lauren C. Teffeau and Carrie M. Pirmann. 2009. Scholarly Information Practices in the Online Environment: Themes from the Literature and Implications for Library Service Development. Report commissioned by OCLC Research. Published online at: http://www.oclc.org/programs/publications/reports/2009-02.pdf [pdf]