Opening up opportunities: supporting open research at the University of Manchester
The University of Manchester Library is well known in the UK for the transformation it underwent in 2012 which resulted in a shift away from the subject librarian model of academic support to a functional approach aligned with university research and teaching & learning needs. In terms of research support, our scholarly communications, research data management and citation analysis services are now highly regarded and make a critical contribution to Manchester’s research strategy. As we embark on our new (2018-21) Library Strategy we are looking to take our services to the next level. The presentation will describe three ways in which we are expanding our contribution, each of which responds both to University strategy and the greater open research and impact challenges of REF 2021. It will look in particular at how we can measure the social reach of our research outputs, how we can foster and grow the University’s open researcher community and how we respond to HEFCE’s challenge to go beyond minimum policy requirements.