Wednesday, December 22, 2010

The Role of Libraries in the Research Process: Presentations from the USTLG Meeting at Oxford University

The USTLG meeting was held at Keble College in Oxford. Unfortuantely, I was not in attendance, but was able to glean some interesting information from the presentations given at the meeting. I was especially interested in the comments made by Lex Rigby in response to the keynote speaker, who, surprisingly, seemed quite ill-informed about the role that libraries and librarians play in research. It is often a crucial role, and one which requires a lot of knowledge, particularly in specialist subject areas. Using Google to find "quality web-based material" really dosen't cut it, not even for an undergraduate paper. Furthermore, librarians don't just provide a filter for these on-line services.

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