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Research & Scholarship

Department of Research & Scholarship

June 19th, 2013 by Anne Rauh

The Department of Research and Scholarship supports the research and teaching of the university community, facilitating scholarly communication, and preserving the scholarly record. It is made up of an associate dean, subject librarians, bibliographers, a scholarly communication librarian, and an office coordinator. The department plays an active role at the campus, regional, and national level in shaping the direction of scholarly communication, open access, and its impact on the future of academic scholarship.

The mission of the department is to:

  1. Facilitate faculty scholarship and student excellence by providing essential collections matched with subject- specific consultation and instruction. Goals:
    • Select and acquire research materials in a variety of formats that support the research, teaching, and curricular needs of faculty and students
    • Manage the collections budget to ensure appropriate allocation of funds to support existing areas of strength, core collections in traditional and interdisciplinary areas, and boost collections support for emerging disciplines
    • Provide in-depth subject consultations and effective instruction for using appropriate scholarly resources
    • Build on existing, and develop new, strategies for marketing the Library’s resources to the University community
  2. Foster discovery and creative exchanges across disciplines, schools and colleges. Goals:
    • Sustain existing, and seek out new, faculty and student relationships as needs and opportunities arise
    • Identify and/or create opportunities for collaborating with faculty and students on interdisciplinary research projects
  3. Recognize and educate the University community about substantive developments in scholarship creation, dissemination, sharing and preservation. Goals:
    • Provide venues for the campus to discuss how the scholarly communication life cycle has been transformed in the digital age
    • Clarify open access initiatives, copyright, digital curation, the increased publishing choices facing scholars, and the SU Libraries’ unique role in all of these issues
    • Advocate for, sustain, and expand the University’s institutional repository – SURFACE (Syracuse University Research Facility and Collaborative Environment)
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