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Regardless of how your institution uses Pivot (centralized research administration, departmental funding advisors, individual discovery, or all of the above) if the Library doesn’t know you have Pivot, you are missing a great opportunity to engage with current and potential users. Here are five reasons to collaborate with the library to promote usage of Pivot at your institution:

  1. The library talks to researchers (who probably would like to know about funding)
    The library is there to support the information seeking and research needs of your institution. Whether formally or informally, they are engaging with researchers about their projects at various stages of the process. Based on strategic initiatives or researcher interested, the library can direct users to Pivot and share funding results or curated lists alongside research administrators and other leadership.
  2. The library knows how to search databases
    Library expertise in database design and search can help users and administrators build basic or advanced search strategies that can be saved and used to set up email alerts. Pivot basic search is a great way to begin discovering potential funding but may require “mowing and growing” to reduce or expand initial search results. Using the Advanced Search capabilities allows users and research administrators to refine Pivot content to their specific funding needs. This is especially useful for large topical areas or finding nuanced opportunities within more general subject categories.
  3. The library can help users integrate ORCID into researcher profiles
    Since 2014, Pivot users have had the ability to dynamically link their Pivot profile to their ORCID profile as maintained in ORCID’s growing, community-driven scholar profile repository. ORCID now enables ProQuest and Pivot to receive automated profile data updates from ORCID, thus saving users time and effort.
  4. The library promotes training and support materials
    Libraries subscribe to many types of content and platforms and manage documentation and materials related to user support and training. There is a Pivot LibGuide available that collects training and support information for users and administrators in one central place. The library can link to this page or use the specific contents to create customized pages for your institution’s users.
  5. The library can find funding in Pivot, too!
    There are over 1,100 funding opportunities in Pivot found by searching the single word “library” and 494 for the controlled vocabulary keyword “Library Science”. These range from the 5,000,000 GBP Heritage Grants to the $500 Justin Winsor Library History Essay Award and various Fellowships, Scholarships, and Prizes. Sponsors include the American Library Association (ALA), European Union, Wellcome Trust, Colleges and Universities, government entities, and research institutes around the world covering projects in areas of collection development, content digitization, preservation and access, publishing, student research and travel awards.

For more ideas about engaging with researchers and growing the research enterprise, please see this flyer from ProQuest.

Jeremy L. McLaughlin, Research Solution and Digitization Specialist

13 Jul 2016

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