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The Research Support Unit (RSU) is a dedicated team of librarians within the University of Otago Library.

The focus of the RSU is:

  • to understand the changing scholarly landscape and work with researchers to exploit digital potentials which enhance research outcomes;
  • to facilitate the development of tools, resources and services which support both established and emerging researchers;
  • to work towards research solutions in partnership with other Otago support services, as appropriate.

The projects shown below illustrate where the Library has been active in partnership with researchers. If you have a project or potential project that could benefit from Library support, please visit the Request Research Support page.

RSU Manager: Shiobhan Smith



Library projects supporting research and researchers

Library managed projects & services


Metrics Reports

Creating metrics reports at departmental/research unit level or above using tools available to the University of Otago such as SciVal and Incites.

Research Data Management Education

Helping researchers make sense of the complexity around data storage, description, re-use and archiving.

Postgraduate Support Programme (PSP) Review
Examining existing postgraduate support at Otago Library, developing aspirational strategies, and implementing a revised Library postgraduate workshop programme.

Researcher initiated projects - Library managed


OUR Journals Service

APA citation tool

Music research data management

Researcher initiated projects - Library as advisor

Health communication data management

Repository for amphibian conservation

The aim is to develop a repository for both publications and digital images which support those actively working to conserve the world’s most endangered amphibians.

Humanities database projects