Have you ever heard of Open Access? What researchers know about open practices, what they need to know, and how we get them there
Investing in people and skills is crucial to the advancement of the Open Research agenda, which includes Open Access, data management, and other transparent research practices. Researchers need to understand the principles and tools underpinning openness, and librarians are well placed to provide training in this area.
Cambridge University Libraries ran a survey of over 500 researchers and a series of focus groups to identify skills gaps and assess attitudes towards Open Research. We uncovered gaps in using specific tools, understanding key concepts, and interpreting funder requirements. We also gained insights on the types of training most researchers value.
Based on these findings, we planned a University-wide strategy for Open Research training. We considered both content and delivery method, striving for ever-increasing academic engagement. We also set up an operational working group to enable trainers from different libraries and other institutions to work more closely together.
This presentation will share the strategies and procedures that we used both to establish the needs of researchers and to implement a well-coordinated programme of training. These successful examples of listening exercises and strategic implementation will hopefully prove useful to other research support professionals in similar situations.