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Modern librarians are research partners. Technology has enabled them to assist researchers in ways never before possible, and with needs researchers may never have had before. Resources and services provided at academic libraries support researchers with presenting, disseminating, and publicizing research.

Understanding available library services can help researchers more effectively use the library. Students may not fully understand how librarians can help them prepare high-impact research, or when they should visit their librarian for help.

Here are some ways librarians support researchers:

Research discovery: Modern libraries have been described as "accelerators of discovery." Librarians take a leading role in developing collections, selecting the most relevant and highest quality resources to fill their libraries. They have unique expertise on the materials and services their library offers, meaning they can help researchers search more quickly and effectively for the best tools available. Librarians help researchers avoid low-quality or irrelevant resources, in addition to locate high-quality information that they might not have known about otherwise.

Research data management support: RDM helps funders, university leadership, research support units, and researchers alike. It's necessary to help demonstrate funding compliance, ensure research integrity, promote high-impact research, increase funding productivity, expand researcher recognition and, of course, increase research quality. Librarians help coordinate RDM activities, with expertise in digital data storage, intellectual property laws, privacy, and scholarly impact.

ORCID: ORCID is a community-based effort which assigns unique identifiers to different researchers. This helps to streamline research workflows and disambiguate research authors, while creating automatic connections between them and their scholarly activities. Librarians can help researchers create and populate their ORCID profiles, and integrate those profiles into institutional repositories.

Scholarly metrics assistance and setting KPIs: Scholarly metrics and key performance indicators – like citations, h-indices, impact factors, and altmetrics – help increase researcher impact and connect researchers with other quality authors. Librarians help researchers access this information and turn it into actionable recommendations. They can suggest potential collaborators, help researchers increase their impact, and help departments and funders understand which researchers are providing the most value.

Librarians help researchers find quality sources and collaborators, distinguish themselves from other authors, understand their impact, and demonstrate that impact to potential employers and funders. Students starting their research careers should form relationships with librarians to help them consistently increase the quality and impact of their work, and advance their research careers.