Editorial: Virtual research environments: Issues and opportunities for librarians

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Title: Editorial: Virtual research environments: Issues and opportunities for librarians
Authors: Wusteman, Judith
Permanent link: http://hdl.handle.net/10197/8074
Date: 2009
Abstract: Purpose: This editorial aims to introduce a special issue of Library Hi Tech on "Virtual research environments: issues and opportunities for librarians". It defines the concept of the virtual research environment (VRE), describes its relationship both to the virtual learning environment and to Web 2.0, and proposes that librarians play a central role in VRE development and use. Findings: The VRE is likely to have a huge impact on many aspects of research and, thus, on the role of the academic and the research librarian. If VREs are to fulfill their potential as useful and usable artifacts, librarians need to have a central role in their development and application. Practical implications: Librarians need to be proactive in identifying and advocating for their potential roles in VRE development and use. These roles need to be taken into account in the curricula of schools of library and information studies. Originality/value: This is an ideal time for librarians to explore the potential of VREs because there is still time to influence their eventual form.
Type of material: Journal Article
Publisher: Emerald
Keywords: Virtual research environments;Virtual organizations;Virtual work;Librarians;Information research;E-learning;Online operations;Virtual learning environments
DOI: 10.1108/07378830910968137
Language: en
Status of Item: Peer reviewed
Appears in Collections:Information and Communication Studies Research Collection

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