From a Vendor Perspective, The Evolving Role of Librarians

Since launching the Science Citation Index in 1964, we’ve seen a lot of change: the cell phone, New Coke and the repeal of New Coke, the explosion of the Internet, and the role of the librarian.


The latest trend we’ve seen involves librarians striving to deliver value for different workflows at the university and, with that, creating an entirely new role: the librarian as a research informationist. This new role provides an opportunity for librarians to become effective members of research teams and improve research output.


With the rigid requirements set by funders to show a return on investment and with full data transparency, a research informationist fills the gaps by undertaking tasks for which researchers may not have had formal or extensive training. Given their vocational background and training, research informationists are experts in library resources and can educate the team about using the resources effectively. A research informationist may even be specialized within a particular research field, providing a further benefit to their respective research team, with knowledge of advanced databases and best practices for such matters as mode of communication and bibliographic style.


From an analytics perspective, research informationists can offer advanced bibliometrics to satisfy the requirement to show return on investment. Further, research informationists have vast experience in data management, a field in which many researchers lack training, making it difficult for them to meet funder requirements for data sharing.


Supporting the Research Informationist
Offering solutions throughout the research process, Thomson Reuters makes it easy for the research informationist to provide value to the research team at any stage.


supporting the research ecosystem

From content to analytics and the workflow in between, we are here to support as you navigate the changing landscape of being a librarian.