The theme for this issue is “research” and how libraries are supporting these endeavors in higher education and becoming invaluable partners in the enterprise. 2000-2001 Leadership and Career Development (LCDP) Fellow, Angela Lee (University of Washington) discusses current trends in data curation and management, specifically in the context of health sciences librarianship at her institution. Also in the health sciences arena, Myra Morales, 2009-2011 Diversity Scholar, defines Community Based Participatory Research and the role that the research librarian can play in this new paradigm – from support for or engaging in the methodology – to providing preservation services for the data collected. Last, Minglu Wang (Career Enhancement Fellow, 2009) speaks about her experience as the newly appointed data services librarian at the John Cotton Dana Library of Rutgers University. Wang makes the case for library and information professionals insinuating themselves into research projects much earlier in the process in order to help researchers develop more efficient and comprehensive data collection and management plans. All three of these authors provide solid evidence of the value that library and information science professionals bring to their organizations, and of the significant contributions that former ARL Diversity Programs participants are making to the profession.
Library Assessment Blog
Notes by Karen Neurohr (Oklahoma State) and Martha Kyrillidou (ARL) A gathering of 80+ colleagues interested in library assessment met as usual during Friday before ALA to hear interesting developments in library assessment. This forum takes place twice a year in conjunction with ALA annual and midwinter meetings from 1:30 to 3:00pm on Fridays and […]
There is an increasing number of library assessment community gatherings so it’s worth doing a brief update on what’s happening. Historically, what is known as the biennial Northumbria conference with roots in the UK dates back more than a decade ago. Similarly, the biennial Evidence Based Library and Information Science gathering with its roots in […]
This post is only part of a conversation I have been having with statistician and librarian and gentleman of many hats, Ray Lyon. We are discussing Total Survey Error. Non-response bias is only one of the pitfalls in poor survey methodology and the biased data some surveys reveal. I expect more will come on this […]