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A Community of Practice approach to delivering research support services in a post-92 higher education institution: a reflective case study

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posted on 21.07.2017, 09:55 by Jenny Coombs, Mandy Thomas, Nathan Rush, Elizabeth Martin
A Community of Practice approach to delivering research support services in a post-92 higher education institution: a reflective case study The need for research support in UK universities is growing at a fast pace and a number of different professional and academic units within universities are involved in the process. This case study takes place in a post-92 higher education institution and discusses the benefit of utilising a cross-university Community of Practice (CoP) approach to delivering research support services. It takes a qualitative approach, using semi-structured interviews to ascertain the personal experiences of community members. The article’s key findings for successful implementation include a common sense of purpose; a shared concern or passion about the research agenda; a sense of community and belonging; trust; a safe environment; and senior management support. Added benefit is demonstrated by enhanced staff knowledge, increased job satisfaction and profile raising of the Library and Learning Service. The findings can help libraries in similar positions to use collaborative initiatives to develop research support services.

History

School

  • University Academic and Administrative Support

Department

  • University Library

Published in

New Review of Academic Librarianship

Volume

23

Issue

2-3

Pages

159-170

Citation

COOMBS, J. ...et al., 2017. A Community of Practice approach to delivering research support services in a post-92 higher education institution: a reflective case study. New Review of Academic Librarianship, 23 (2-3), pp. 159-170.

Publisher

© The Authors. Published by Taylor & Francis

Version

AM (Accepted Manuscript)

Publisher statement

This work is made available according to the conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0) licence. Full details of this licence are available at: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/

Acceptance date

17/05/2017

Publication date

2017-06-09

Notes

This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in New Review of Academic Librarianship on 19 May 2017, available online: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13614533.2017.1329750.

ISSN

1361-4533

Language

en

Exports

Loughborough Publications

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