Implementation of a fee-based service model to university-affiliated researchers at the University of Alberta




Fee-Based Services, Research Metrics, Systematic Review Searching


Background: There is growing demand for specialized services in academic libraries, including supporting systematic reviews and measuring research impact.

Study Purpose: The John W. Scott Health Sciences Library implemented a fee-based pilot project for the Faculty of Nursing for one year to test a fee-based model for specialized services, to evaluate its sustainability and scalability for the longer term, and to assess the feasibility of extending this service model to other health sciences faculties.

Case Presentation: The authors describe the development and delivery of the fee-based service model. Through a team-based approach, we successfully provided specialized services including mediated literature searching, research support, and research impact analyses to the Faculty of Nursing.

Discussion: Despite some challenges in developing and implementing the fee-based service model, our pilot project demonstrated demand for fee-based specialized services in the health sciences and suggests potential for this unique service model to continue and expand.

Author Biographies

Janice Yu Chen Kung, Public Services Librarian, John W. Scott Health Sciences Library, University of Alberta–Edmonton

Janice Yu Chen Kung is a Public Services Librarian at the John W. Scott Health Sciences Library, University of Alberta.

Thane Chambers, Research Impact Librarian, University of Alberta–Edmonton

Thane Chambers is the Research Impact Librarian at the University of Alberta.


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