For many academics worldwide, it’s summer, a time when information professionals’ thoughts turn to preparing for another scholastic or funding year and putting in place all the support that upcoming researchers need to succeed in their careers.
When it comes to supporting Early Career Researchers (ECRs), once more we find ourselves facing a task that’s easier said than done. How are we collectively supporting the ECRs among our user communities? Which approaches are working well? How might we better provide the information, tools and services ECRs need to succeed?
In this Library Connect issue, you’ll find articles exploring the following topics relating to the theme “Supporting Early Career Researchers”:
- Changing paradigms facing ECRs
- Challenges confronting ECRs and solutions offered by institutions
- How an academic library is helping ECRs achieve success
- Which metrics are relevant at specific stages in the ECR career cycle
- How institutions across the globe are using Elsevier Foundation grants to help support new scholars
- Do’s and don’ts for Early Career Researchers
Further, this issue offers an interview exploring what goes into mentoring new librarians and an interview looking at how one particular ECR has achieved career success.
And here’s a late-breaking bit of news: This fall in Europe, Elsevier is piloting the new training seminar “Planning Your Academic Career,” developed with the University of Munich’s career center and library. We hope to roll this training out to all regions in 2011. For updates on this training, please watch this newsletter and the Library Connect News blog and Twitter page.
I hope this issue offers you inspiration, actionable ideas and provocative thoughts.
Enormous thanks are due to our contributors to this issue. Enjoy!
Noelle Gracy, PhD, Regional Customer Development Manager, Elsevier, Amsterdam, The Netherlands