Beyond literacies: The evolving landscape of library support to Research 2.0

Tibor Koltay
Eszterházy Károly University Jászberény, Hungary

Beyond literacies: The evolving landscape of library support to Research 2.0

The appearance of Research 2.0 (Science 2.0, or eScience) that is understood as research in the sciences, social sciences and the humanities by making use of the internet’s power, which enables different new forms of networking, encourages openness and provides the possibility to access and manipulate massive amounts of data. Therefore, the purpose of the proposed paper is to identify tasks and roles that academic libraries have to fulfil in order to react to the developments, brought in by Research 2.0. On this background and taking into consideration that the situation, when researchers regard libraries only as dispensaries of books and articles has to be changed, libraries and librarians need to pay more attention to the core processes of research and the dynamics of change within scholarly communities. Awareness of these processes have to become integral part of their startegies and mid-range strategies, as well as resulting in the provision of varied targeted services, such as research data services, information literacy and data literacy education, raising awareness of faculty members on different issues and providing individual support to them. Research data services should include data management, data curation, not forgetting about data stewardship, data quality and data citation). A significant, though less known in the academic sphere is data governance. At present, as a rule, libraries offer informational services that differ from technical ones, often related to depositing data into repositories and/or removing them. Besides arguing for a wide array of services, this paper characterises Research 2.0, pointing out its controversies both in relation to open data and the academic use of social media, not forgetting about the newest publications, partially based on empirical research. Services will be characterised in the light of the burgeoning library literature on these subjects, giving attention to best practices. When describing different developments in academia and in libraries, an attempt will be made to differentiate between hype and reality to enable the identification of trends that may remain relevant for a long period of time.