Principal characteristics of the facility and of the support offered to users:
The European Union Social Science Information Research facility (EUSSIRF) will combine the specialist strengths of the BLPES and the EUI Library to develop a Facility to provide improved access to social science researchers in Europe to major library collections and related information resources. Together the complementary collections of both libraries offer wide-ranging resources for the investigation of European issues. Access to the academic environments of the LSE and EUI, two leading centres of European social science research, will also stimulate and contribute to the quality of TMR visitors research.
The project will be managed by BLPES, being accountable for the delivery of agreed, high-quality services and responsible for the overall strategic direction of the facility. The EUI will act as supporting partner. Research visits will be offered to socio-economic researchers to enable them to visit one or both partners of the Facility and exploit their information resources. Special attention will be paid to informing researchers in less favoured areas of the EU about the facility. Support will be provided by a dedicated team enabling researchers to optimise their research time. Project planning will be facilitated by access via Internet to catalogues and, eventually, the International Bibliography of the Social Sciences (IBSS).
Visitors will be provided with dedicated study space within the Facility and with access to networks and computing facilities. They will also be integrated into the activities of appropriate research centres at the LSE and will have access to the open seminars and conferences of the EUI. Quantity of access being offered and number of users who may benefit: Over the period of funding 72 researchers will benefit from 1, 574 access days to the Facility