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ERIC Number: EJ1048210
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Pages: 23
Abstractor: As Provided
Meeting the Needs of the "Invisible University:" Identifying Information Needs of Postdoctoral Scholars in the Sciences
Gunapala, Nirmala
Issues in Science and Technology Librarianship, v77 Sum 2014
Academic libraries seek to play a central role in supporting the research enterprise on their campuses. Postdoctoral scholars ("postdocs") make substantial contributions to academic research and are an important group toward which services can be marketed. They are also difficult to find on many campuses, with some studies referring to this population as the "invisible university." As a result, little research has been done to identify their needs and interests or to respond through library outreach. This study presents insights derived from interviews with postdoctoral scholars in the sciences at a research university. Though some findings pertain to the immediate campus environment, many are transferable to any library wishing to strengthen its research services.
Science and Technology Section, Association of College and Research Libraries. 50 East Huron Street, Chicago, IL 60611. Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: New Mexico