Health librarians on the move: a multifaceted initiative to guide researchers out of the maze
In 2018 a Working Group of ISS librarians was set up with a plan to define and organize in a coordinated way all the activities to be developed in order to support affiliated researchers. All activities were mostly focused on bibliographic and bibliometric issues related to research assessment, grant applications, funding and carriers developments, which represent for researchers crucial but stressing issues, also for the dangerous proliferation of predatory publishing. The starting point, was the sharing of individual professional knowledge among the group members who were previously engaged in different sectors. A number of activities were scheduled for the benefit of our researchers and were held in the library, but also in their research laboratories. After some initial difficulties in spreading awareness of the services offered, the positive feedback received confirms the idea that becoming “librarians on the move” better fulfills practical and institutional needs of researchers.