It takes two to tango – making way for relevant research support services at Lund University Libraries (LUB)

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This article presents a 2012 project on researchers’ need of support at Lund University Libraries (LUB). The project was three folded with the object to identify areas where the present research support services ought to be developed and strengthened. The project contains a) a literature review focusing on definitions and examples of research support services as well as researchers’ needs and experiences of support services, b) a survey to get an overview of the support services offered today at LUB, the decentralized library network at Lund University, and c) focus group interviews with researchers, one group from each partaking faculty, to investigate key obstacles in their research processes. In all three parts, a model of the research process schematically divided into four phases was applied; To start a research project, To collect material, To process/analyze/write and Communicate results and make data accessible. A major conclusion is that the research support services need to be accessible, visible and in close proximity to the researchers.


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  • Social Sciences
  • Law


  • research process, academic libraries, research support services, focus group interviews
Original languageEnglish
JournalScieCom Info
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2013
Publication categoryResearch