Istituto di Scienza e Tecnologie dell'Informazione     
Candela L., Castelli D., Pagano P. On-demand virtual research environments and the changing roles of librarians. In: Library Hi Tech, vol. 27 (2) pp. 239 - 251. Emerald Group Publishing Limited, 2009.
This paper discusses how new technologies for supporting scientific research will possibly influence the librarians' work. The discussion is conducted in a context that takes into account the emergence of e-infrastructures as means to realize a new model of producing, using and sharing information resources and even to change the concept of information resource itself. At the core of this innovation there are Virtual Research Environments, i.e. evolved versions of the current "research libraries". These environments provide scientists with collaborative and customised environments supporting results production and exchange around the globe in cost-efficient manner. The experiences made with these innovative research environments within the D4Science Project is reported. On the basis of this experience, possible professional profiles are suggested for librarians working in these new evolved "research libraries".
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Subject Librarians
Digital Libraries
Communication Technologies
Research Communities
H.3.7 Digital Libraries

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