Laboratory of Library and Communication Research
The Laboratory was established in 2014 under the plan of TSU's competitiveness enhancement programme.
This - decision was dictated by significant changes in the role of university libraries in modern informational society. A library is no longer a place for text storage but a new knowledge manager, a platform for active collaboration of institutions, faculties, and departments with leading research centers.
The main goal of the Laboratory is to find an optimal model for developing research and educational and cultural, services and information segments of TSU Research Library, allowing it to meet the requirements of the contemporary world.
The Library staff includes various specialists, including: qualified librarians, experts in humanities, chemists and biologists.
Currently the Laboratory jointly with the center CIBER Research Gr (UK), is implementing the project "The University library in an innovation environment" in three research areas:
1) Theory and practice on development of the information and communication environment of the university library as the "knowledge manager";
2) Methods for promotion of book collections having national and international value by theTSU Scientific Library;
3) Creating and realizating of new technologies of scientific and practical restoration of book monuments.
The Laboratory provides the following services to organizations – scientific advice in preparation of exhibitions having historical and cultural values, expertise and restoration of book monuments, and software for search and analytical services.
Inspert – a search engine for complex search requests
In 2015, A.V. Bocharov, an employee of the Laboratory of Library and Communications Research at TSU Research Library, created a brand new search engine called Inspert that is a constructor of combinative search requests.
The purpose of Inspert is systematic gathering of subject information for scientific research. The constructor helps to create and send search requests to any open Internet resources. The subject of the first version of the constructor is not only Historical Science but also “The History of Anything” or, to be more precise, the connection of any notions in their historical context.
The main idea of Inspert is visual interpretation of the combinative logical relations between systematized notions of subject area. Inspert allows for structuring both the process and the results of the search. Inspert helps you to easily find data on a topic of your choice, which you weren’t able to find in any other way.