Catherine Parker, Collections and Scholarly Communications Librarian, University of Huddersfield

Last autumn I posted requests on two mailing lists (UKCORR and ARMA) asking who was responsible for research support administration, compliancy checking and open access queries in general. At University of Huddersfield, this support is split between the Library and Research & Enterprise and I was curious to find out how others supported these areas. Academics have little time to wonder which department should pay for their APC or where and how they need to be storing their data as long as someone can guide them with their queries at their point of need. One of the things that struck me most was that collaboration and communication between all stakeholders is vital, and in the majority of cases very good. We need to share our expertise and champion our strengths to our researchers because the ultimate goal is to support them, however we can, in the constantly shifting research landscape.