The Community Scholars Program
Launched by Simon Fraser University library in January of 2016, the Community Scholars Program is a no-fee gateway for staff at non-profit organizations (a.k.a. community scholars) to access research publications. The program has grown to seven publishers and 500 users. The Community Scholars Program plays an important role in democratizing access to research findings and promoting considered research relationships.
The Community Scholars subproject will use information from sign-up surveys and telephone interviews to examine the needs and anticipated uses of the research by community scholars, attempting to identify and remove obstacles for users. We will implement online or in-person support where needed, and may make recommendations to producers and aggregators of published scholarship as necessary.
The Downtown Eastside (DTES) Research Access Portal
The Downtown Eastside Research Access Portal, formerly the InfoHub, is a public, online portal designed to improve access to academic research related to the Downtown Eastside, as well as to community-generated research and reports. The portal provides access to:
·Academic research about the DTES that you can read freely
·Links to academic research about the DTES originally published in journals that require a subscription (that the DTES RAP team may be able to help you access)
·Community-generated research and materials DTES organizations have identified as important for preserving, including project reports, newsletters, and other grey literature
·A directory of academic researchers who have or are doing studies in the DTES
·Information about current or recent research projects happening in the DTES
·Resources for community-based research practices
The portal was developed as part of the Making Research Accessible initiative (MRAi), a UBC partnership between the UBC Learning Exchange and UBC Library’s Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, with input from the UBC Office of Community Engagement, the UBC Knowledge Exchange Unit, UBC’s iSchool, the Simon Fraser University Library, the Vancouver Public Library, and in consultation with community members and organizations.
STOREE support for the DTES RAP will focus on the ongoing evaluation and enhancement of the portal.
The BC Centre on Substance Use Knowledge Translation Project
The BC Centre on Substance Use (BCCSU) Knowledge Translation (KT) subproject is exploring BCCSU’s knowledge translation initiatives to identify best practices, the types of knowledge exchange activities taking place, and the capacity required in organizations to engage in meaningful KT work. We believe this will provide important insights about KT in community settings, and inform future work on creating and evaluating non-traditional research outputs, such as lay summaries, multimedia, and so on.
This study examines how academic researchers understand and make use of novel and emerging genres and media of research communication. We are interested in the strengths and limitations of a wide range of scholarly communication genres and the extent to which these are used across disciplines and for diverse audiences.
In the initial phase of the project, which is exploratory, we are interviewing researchers in science and social science disciplines to map out the range of current communication practices within research communities.
The project is a collaboration between STOREE researchers and Dr. Isto Huvila, Professor in information studies at the Department of ALM (Archival Studies, Library and Information Studies and Museums and Cultural Heritage Studies) at Uppsala University in Sweden, and a recent visiting scholar at the UBC School of Information.
The Evolving Roles of Information Intermediaries: Information professionals at the centre of community-oriented knowledge work
Information professionals are well versed in many knowledge exchange (KE) competencies related to information access, organization, preservation and dissemination. These professionals are well positioned to support researchers in the development and use of context-appropriate, equitable and diverse KE strategies and media; the retrieval of existing scholarship; approaches for working with different communities; and methods to securely store, preserve and share research. They can also bring attention to the value of KE within their respective geographical, professional and academic communities. Through this study, we are seeking to gather detailed information on the role information professionals are playing in KE, as well as their reflections on that work and the competencies that have been identified in the literature.