Demystifying eResearch

A Primer for Librarians

by Victoria Martin


Both novice and experienced librarians will gain critical knowledge from this book to expand their existing competencies and become eResearch experts.

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October 2014

Libraries Unlimited

Pages 189
Volumes 1
Size 6 1/8x9 1/4
Topics Research Methods, Statistics, and Data/Research Methods

eResearch presents new challenges in managing data. This book explains to librarians and other information specialists what eResearch is, how it impacts library services and collections, and how to contribute to eResearch activities at their parent institutions.

Today's librarians need to be technology-savvy information experts who understand how to manage datasets. Demystifying eResearch: A Primer for Librarians prepares librarians for careers that involve eResearch, clearly defining what it is and how it impacts library services and collections, explaining key terms and concepts, and explaining the importance of the field. You will come to understand exactly how the use of networked computing technologies enhances and supports collaboration and innovative methods particularly in scientific research, learn about eResearch library initiatives and best practices, and recognize the professional development opportunities that eResearch offers.

This book takes the broad approach to the complex topic of eResearch and how it pertains to the library community, providing an introduction that will be accessible to readers without a background in electronic research. The author presents a conceptual overview of eResearch with real-world examples of electronic research activities to quickly increase your familiarity with eResearch and awareness of the current state of eResearch librarianship.


  • Provides librarians and other information professionals with a clear understanding of what eResearch is and how it impacts library mission, services, and collections
  • Defines and explains key eResearch terms and concepts
  • Describes eResearch library initiatives and identifies best practices
  • Identifies potential eResearch activities areas such as providing assistance with data management plans, depositing data, collecting and disseminating data sets, collaborating with faculty on eResearch projects, performing research consultations, and creating train-the-trainer programs
Author Info

Victoria Martin is an author who was life sciences librarian at the University Libraries of George Mason University, a position she held for more than a decade. During this time, she served as a liaison librarian for graduate level bioscience programs, including bioinformatics, microbiology and molecular biology, biodefense, and neuroscience. Her publications include journal articles, book reviews, and literary works. Martin is currently on sabbatical writing her second book. Her latest publication is the chapter "Developing a Library Collection in Bioinformatics: Support for an Evolving Profession in Library Collection Development for Professional Programs: Trends and Best Practices. Martin holds a master of library science degree from Texas Woman's University and a master of fine arts degree in creative writing from George Mason University.

Table of Contents


  • List of Acronyms Preface Acknowledgments Introduction
  • Chapter 1: What is eResearch? Chapter 2: Understanding Research Data Chapter 3: eResearch Enabling Technologies Chapter 4: Strength through Collaboration: Scholarly Communication in the Context of eResearch Chapter 5: eResearch Across Disciplines
  • Chapter 6: The Impact of eResearch on Libraries Chapter 7: Expanding Traditional Library Services into the eResearch Environment: Classic Roles in a New Context Chapter 8: In an Uncharted Territory: Libraries' New and Emerging Services for eResearch Chapter 9: Skilling Up for eResearch: Core Competencies and Training Opportunities for Librarians Chapter 10: In Search of Unity: Toward New Modes of Knowledge Production
  • Glossary Index



    "This book belongs in most academic libraries. Newcomers to the field will want to read it from cover to cover for a thorough introduction to eResearch, although the chapters can stand alone. This would make a great text for LIS students and is even appropriate for non-LIS professionals seeking a general overview of the topic."Library Journal

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