Good morning, and I apologize for the cross postings! I have just recently come across ResearchGate and Academia.edu . I'm trying to get my head around open access, research sharing (which may or may not be open access) and just what is out there. While I do literature searching for a good part of my day, I'm not in an academic setting nor support researchers in this fashion, so these communities are new to me. However, I do work with people in my organizations who are information gatekeepers/brokers for their departments, and they might want to be plugged into these resources as well (and possibly contribute to them). Is there any good soul out there who can provide an overview of these sorts of online research communities, or point me to one? I am just trying to figure out where they fit in the landscape of my job and our information services. Cheers, Michelle Michelle Helliwell, MLIS, BA Librarian Library and Knowledge Management Services Shared Services (Dalhousie School of Nursing - Yarmouth Site, Annapolis Valley Health, South Shore Health, South West Health) Eastern Kings Memorial Community Health Centre 23 Earnscliffe Ave. Wolfville, NS B4P 1X4 phone: 902.542.2347 fax: 902-542-4619 email: [log in to unmask]<mailto:[log in to unmask]> ________________________________ CONFIDENTIALITY NOTICE - The information contained in this e-mail may be confidential, privileged, or otherwise protected from disclosure. It is intended only for the use of the authorized individual(s) as indicated in the email message. Any unauthorized viewing, disclosure, copying, distribution or taking of any action based on the contents of this material is strictly prohibited. If you have received this e-mail in error, please notify the sender as a courtesy and delete the email and its attachments immediately. Thank you for your cooperation. AVIS DE CONFIDENTIALIT? : Les renseignements inclus dans ce courriel peuvent ?tre confidentiels, privil?gi?s ou autrement prot?g?s contre toute communication. Ils sont transmis ? l'intention de la personne autoris?e, tel qu'indiqu? dans le message. Toute consultation, divulgation, copie, distribution ou autre action non autoris?e li?e au contenu de ce message est strictement interdite. Si vous avez re?u ce courriel par erreur, veuillez en aviser l'exp?diteur et supprimer imm?diatement le message ainsi que toute pi?ce jointe. Merci de votre coop?ration.