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Support for community-based research at the heart of the university

Faculty Advisor




community-based research, academic libraries, open science, knowledge democracy

Abstract (summary)

Libraries are often considered the heart of the university, supporting faculty, students, and staff carrying out teaching and research across disciplines. In recent years academic library services have evolved to support research dissemination practices that embrace principles of open science and knowledge democracy, aiming to make all forms of knowledge more accessible to the public through, for instance, online hosting platforms and providing expertise in copyright, data sharing, and knowledge mobilization. These services are, however, poorly communicated and underutilized when it comes to supporting community-based research projects and the non-traditional research outputs that frequently result from this work in collaboration with community partners. Drawing on findings from a recent study that included interviews with two-dozen academics and administrators engaged with community-based research across Canada, this session aims to help bridge the gap between the needs of community-based research projects, and common library services that support both traditional and non-traditional research creation, dissemination, archiving, and impact assessment. By the end of the session, participants will have increased awareness of ways that academic libraries can help support community-based research projects and ways that these supports might help advance their own work.

Publication Information



Presented on June 7, 2023 at the Community-College-University Exposition (C2U Expo) held at Lakehead University in Thunder Bay, Ontario.

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Attribution-NonCommercial (CC BY-NC)