Exploring New Ways of Working using Virtual Research Environments in Library and Information Science
Journal article, 2009

Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to present current and ongoing research investigating new ways of working across geographic distances and time within library and information science (LIS). Design/methodology/approach – A total of four studies were conducted focusing on: the design of a virtual research environment (VRE) to facilitate the sharing of data collection instruments among students, researchers and professionals; new ways professionals and researchers can collaborate; collaborative decision making in the context of purchasing a library management system; and collaboration among LIS professionals. Findings – Early results show that VREs within LIS can build on previous VRE research which focused on other domains. However, there are several unique characteristics of LIS that place requirements on VREs and which are not yet implemented within VREs and that offer unique opportunities for VREs to enhance LIS research, education and practice. Originality/value – This paper reports on ongoing research and preliminary findings of unique studies investigating how VREs could enhance LIS research and professional practice, and how LIS research and practice can inspire the next generation of VREs.

Data collection

Information science

Virtual work

Virtual organizations


Diane Sonnenwald

University of Gothenburg

Monica Lassi

University of Gothenburg

Nasrine Olson

University of Gothenburg

Inga-Lill Mårtensson

University of Gothenburg

Ann-Sofie Axelsson

Chalmers, Technology Management and Economics, Technology and Society

Library Hi Tech

0737-8831 (ISSN)

Vol. 27 2 191-204

Subject Categories

Other Computer and Information Science

Information Studies



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