Yesterday I attended the third Research Support Community Day (RSC Day) at UNSW, which was held as a satellite event to the Information Online conference. I created a Storify of the event, and it’s available here. I attended the first RSC Day in Brisbane in 2013, and it was interesting to see how the topics have changed over the past two years. Back then the focus was on altmetrics, and how they could best be used by librarians and researchers. Now it seems that altmetrics have become “business as usual”, and research data management is now the hot topic. There was also a focus on evaluating the impact of the support services that libraries provide to researchers, now that such services have been offered for several years. There’s even an ISO standard for “Methods and procedures for assessing the impact of libraries“, and related standards for collecting library statistics and for library performance indicators.
It was interesting day, and I’m glad I got the opportunity to attend. Hopefully these days will continue, as I think they’re a worthwhile event and great for building a network of colleagues.