A Study of Core Competencies for Supporting Roles in Engagement and Impact Assessment in Australia

Nicholson, J and Howard, K 2018, 'A Study of Core Competencies for Supporting Roles in Engagement and Impact Assessment in Australia', Journal of the Australian Library and Information Association, vol. 67, no. 2, pp. 131-146.


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Title A Study of Core Competencies for Supporting Roles in Engagement and Impact Assessment in Australia
Author(s) Nicholson, J
Howard, K
Year 2018
Journal name Journal of the Australian Library and Information Association
Volume number 67
Issue number 2
Start page 131
End page 146
Total pages 16
Publisher Routledge
Abstract In 2018, Australia will include, for the first time, an engagement and impact (EI) assessment exercise as a companion to the Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) national framework. The research underpinning this paper sought to identify the core competencies that are crucial to supporting roles within emerging impact and engagement expectations. A content analysis of research support position descriptions and job advertisements from the UK and Australia was conducted and these were mapped to current industry skill audits for library and information science (LIS) professionals. Also discussed are the current knowledge and skills of LIS professionals and what additional competencies they may need to acquire or develop if they are to contribute to institutions and researchers meeting the requirements of an EI assessment exercise. The hard skills required by both UK and Australian EI support roles are aligned to those endorsed and promoted by the LIS industry and are reflected in the Australian Library and Information skills templates. The study points to the viability of using current academic library networks and LIS professionals to meet the demands of future EI assessment in Australia.
Subject Library and Information Studies not elsewhere classified
Keyword(s) engagement and impact assessment
Excellence in Research for Australia
LIS
Research engagement
research impact
DOI - identifier 10.1080/24750158.2018.1473907
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ISSN 2475-0158
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