The Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, Germany’s largest public research funder, has committed an extra €21 million to its programme to introduce specialist information services at research libraries.
At a meeting in December, a DFG committee decided to fund an additional 21 specialist information services in the social sciences and humanities. Among the disciplines covered will be Africa studies, cartography, political science, and social and cultural anthropology.
The DFG’s funding programme for specialist information services, which began in 2013, is intended to strengthen the role of libraries in German research and to replace traditional literature archives. The services will be user-driven and responsive to the needs of researchers in a given discipline, the DFG said, to provide researchers with quick and direct access to publications, particularly in digital form.