RADAR Grant Recipients

We received 13 applications for the Research and Development for Australian Researchers (RADAR) Grant. Selecting which applications to fund was particularly difficult as all were very strong. Congratulations however must go to the following projects which were funded:

The Role of Academic Libraries in Promoting Scholarly Communication Literacy Amongst Australian Researchers: Open Access, Researcher Identity and Social Impact.

Edward Luca, Bhuva Narayan, Mal Booth, Belinda Tiffen and Ashley England
University of Technology Sydney

This proposed project brings together library practitioners and LIS researchers in an effort to understand the barriers to adoption of Open Access, and in particular deposit of open access research in institutional repositories. The UTS Library is responsible for creating and maintaining the repository of the research outputs of UTS scholars and researchers, and the university mandates that all research outputs need to have an Open Access version deposited, and yet we find that the adoption rate is low. Using a mixed methods research approach and the use of an action research methodology, we aim to understand the issues related to researchers’ ‘scholarly communication literacy’ and increase the adoption of Open Access at UTS, and specifically increase compliance with the institutional OA Policy. By bringing librarians and academics together on this project, we aim to effect change through some actionable research outcomes that address researchers’ relationship with Open Access. Since the issues faced by the UTS Library are very similar to those faced at other Australian universities, the outcomes and outputs of this project are relevant to a wider audience.

We’re all in this together: investigations of a single presentation for books in all formats.

Dana McKay, Swinburne University of Technology
George Buchanan, University of Melbourne

Users of digital repositories often fail to find the documents and information they seek. In contrast, information seekers are generally quite effective locating useful information in physical libraries, even with imprecise or vaguely articulated information needs. We will investigate two potential methods that promise to harness the advantages of physical space for locating digital documents. From this research we anticipate providing basic prototypes that can be readily developed by libraries for day to day use by their patrons.

Non-library use immigrants: how can libraries support their information experience?

Elham Sayyad Abdi and Kathleen Smeaton, Queensland University of Technology
Debra Cooper, Logan City Council Library

Libraries have been recognized as one of the critical facilitators in enabling social inclusion. However, research reveals that these information agencies are not always the primary source of information for newcomers to a community, i.e immigrants. This research therefore aims to investigate into everyday life of non-­‐ library user immigrants to see how they engage with information as they go about their life. The project adopts a qualitative approach. Approximately 20 non-­‐library user immigrants from humanitarian refugees and asylum seekers will be interviewed. The project will be conducted in City of Logan, Queensland. The outcome of the project will be an information experience design framework which informs design and implementation of interventions such as programs, services, tools, strategies or policies in libraries that support and enhance information experience of immigrants. This will contribute to smoother integration and more productive social inclusion.