Via the Nereus network, where the use of social networking tools by academics and students was discussed, we got access to an interesting report on a research study by the British Library and JISC over 3 years to find out the information seeking habits of doctoral students.

The results of several questionnaires and surveys throughout the 3-year period seemed to be showing that research students, even those known as generation Y, born between 1982 and 1994 who have grown up with the internet, do not make much use of the latest technologies in their work. The project is now over and the study complete and you can find the report at:  http://www.jisc.ac.uk/publications/reports/2012/researchers-of-tomorrow.aspx

Interesting conclusions
The conclusions are extremely interesting and if you read just the executive summary at the beginning you will see the main points that have emerged over the 3 years.  This is by far the biggest and longest study of its kind ever done, and its finding will help to influence the way that libraries, supervisors, and universities develop their doctoral programmes and library support for them in the future.

Note the confusion over open access issues, the reliance on supervisors, the inadequacy of training.  There are plenty of lessons for libraries here.

With thanks to Jean Sykes, Chief Information Officer London School of Economics and Political Science.

 

Information on Nereus
The Maastricht University Library is a Nereus Network partner, and in this capacity works closely with the libraries of internationally renowned economic institutes, including the London School of Economics, the University of Oxford (UK), the Université Paris-Dauphine (France), Monash University (Australia) and Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (Spain). Nereus focuses on the development of innovative services for researchers; a successful venture is the Economist Online website, which provides open access to published academic papers. Active knowledge transfer also takes place through the regular Nereus workshops.

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