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Exploring new ways of working using virtual research environments in library and information science
University of Borås, Swedish School of Library and Information Science. (LinCS)
University of Borås, Swedish School of Library and Information Science. (LinCS)
University of Borås, Swedish School of Library and Information Science. (LinCS)
University of Borås, Swedish School of Library and Information Science. (LinCS)
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2009 (English)In: Library hi tech, ISSN 0737-8831, Vol. 27, no 2, 191-204 p.Article in journal (Refereed)
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Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to present current and ongoing research investigating new ways of working across geographic distances and time within library and information science (LIS). Design/methodology/approach – A total of four studies were conducted focusing on: the design of a virtual research environment (VRE) to facilitate the sharing of data collection instruments among students, researchers and professionals; new ways professionals and researchers can collaborate; collaborative decision making in the context of purchasing a library management system; and collaboration among LIS professionals. Findings – Early results show that VREs within LIS can build on previous VRE research which focused on other domains. However, there are several unique characteristics of LIS that place requirements on VREs and which are not yet implemented within VREs and that offer unique opportunities for VREs to enhance LIS research, education and practice. Originality/value – This paper reports on ongoing research and preliminary findings of unique studies investigating how VREs could enhance LIS research and professional practice, and how LIS research and practice can inspire the next generation of VREs.

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Emerald Group Publishing Ltd. , 2009. Vol. 27, no 2, 191-204 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hb:diva-2676DOI: 10.1108/07378830910968155Local ID: 2320/5773OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hb-2676DiVA: diva2:870770
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Acknowledgements

The authors wish to thank all study participants who so graciously shared their experiences and insights, and Maria Spante who assisted in the project focusing on collaboration among LIS professionals. The work reported in this paper has been funded by Stiftelsen Förenings Sparbanken Sjuhärad, the Center for Collaborative Innovation, the Swedish National Graduate School of Language Technology and the Bengt Helmqvist Fund.

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