Late last month, I attended the launch of the University of Sussex library’s new space for postgraduate researchers: the ‘Sussex Research Hive’. SAGE has contributed funds towards the launch of this space over two years, which will be matched by a government grant.
The donation is being used to support a new Research Support Programme developed by the Library, part of which involves the ‘hive’ in the Library for researchers and academics to meet and discuss their work.
The opportunity was brought to us by Jane Harvell, Head of the Library’s Academic Services, who has worked with Head of Journals Marketing, Bernie Folan, to develop a close working relationship between SAGE and Sussex. Jane said: “We are delighted that SAGE, as one of the world’s most respected publishers, has made this gift to our Research Support Programme. As a publisher whose portfolio complements Sussex’s research and teaching so closely, we believe there are many mutual benefits offered by an association which will strengthen our relationship.’
The donation provides the library with three research hive scholars (pictured above are the 2010 scholars: Jill, Chris and Craig). They have been tasked with bringing researchers back into the library. They will be, amongst other things, providing on-site support to library users; and hosting a series of events within the hive for researchers. Our contribution will also be used towards funding a Doctoral Education conference in the summer, and a series of events during Open Access week in the autumn.
This is an exciting partnership for SAGE, giving us access to a rich source of information on issues facing researchers, and their engagement with library services. We will be inviting the Sussex Hive scholars in to SAGE during 2011 to tell us more about their role in the library and what they are finding out as part of their role and will be posting more information about what they have to say on this blog. We will also be sharing more information on the events and workshops taking place during the year.