Information is the lifeblood of academic research. The sheer volume of scholarly material, the ceaseless growth in its quantity, the enormously diverse and often complex forms that it takes: these factors create huge challenges for academic researchers faced with the discovering, accessing, reading, reviewing, manipulating, mining, managing and creating of information (which is also taken to include data) in all its guises.
Given these challenges, the ability of researchers to handle information is of vital importance. Many individuals have become adept at developing approaches and using innovative technologies to make the most of the information environment, but others rather less so. Questions about how researchers develop appropriate skills and understanding, the support they receive, the training opportunities provided for them, and the take-up of such opportunities are thus highly pertinent.