Library Research Seminar V
I was fortunate to be selected as a 2010 Junior Faculty Fellow for Library Research Seminar V: Integrating Research and Practice, being held in Maryland on October 6-9. The conference (sponsored by the Library Research Roundtable of the ALA and the Institute of Museum and Library Services) is in its fifth year, with its main goal being to facilitate the integration of library practice with research. Attendees will gain insight into a wide variety of research; interact with like-minded professionals; and forge crucial relationships that will be helpful in: professional development; setting agendas for research and scholarly activities; policy-making; decision-making and implementation of best practices.
I initially became interested in this conference after seeing the slate of previous programs from 2009, many of which covered topics relating to marketing, usability and assessment. However, I just took a glance at the schedule for 2010 and I see that the conference committee has gathered yet another intriguing group of presenters. Some sessions I am particularly looking forward to…
– “Using Skype as a Research Tool: Lessons Learned from Qualitative Interviews with Distance Students in a Teacher-Librarianship Program” by Kristie Saumure & Lisa M. Given
– “Librarians in the Digital Age: Impact of Internet Adoption on Search Habits” by Jenny Emanuel
– “Using Institutional Ethnography to Explicate Information Work” by Jennifer Crispin
– “Barriers to free culture: An examination of public libraries’ use of the Internet Archive and Creative Commons licensed materials” by Heather Hill & Jenny Bossaller
– “Youth and Libraries: Four Studies of the Information Behaviors of Today’s Young People” panel
– “Diversity and Conflict: What is the Conversation?” by Lisa K Hussey
– “The Library as Institution: Understanding Bureaucracy and Organizational Change” by Janice Cheryl Beaver
I’ll also be moderating session on Thursday (3C) featuring “Student-Centered Information Literacy Instruction” by Heidi Julien & Lisa M. Given, “Where All Are Welcome; Social Capital and the Public Library as a Community Meeting Place” by Catherine Johnson & Matthew R. Griffis, and “New Learning Spaces for New Learning Styles” by Terry B. Hill & Mohan Ramaswamy.
– “Forced Advocacy: How the Community Responds to Library Budget Cuts” by Diane L. Velasquez & Lisa K. Hussey
– “The Evolving Instructional Proficiencies of the Academic Librarian: An Attitudinal Study of Academic Library Administrators’ Perceptions of Necessary Instructional Skills” by John D. Shank & Nancy H. Dewald
– “Political Ideologies in Public libraries: An Effective Approach to Spread Propaganda?” by Raymond Pun
– “What Do Graphic Novels Tell Young Adults About Disabilities?” by Robin Moeller & Marilyn Irwin
– “Workforce Issues in Library and Information Science” panel
The conference is being hosted by the University of Maryland, College of Information Studies at the Marriott Inn and Conference Center near the University of Maryland’s campus. If you’re interested in attending, early bird registration has been extended through September 13th! There is also a student rate listed, which I am always pleased to see.
I am particularly excited to see two of my colleagues at LRSV — Alison Miller & Emily Symonds (one of my fellow Emerging Leaders alum). Are you going to be there? Have you been to any of the four previous Library Research Seminars? Any advice? Don’t forget, there’s still time to register if you want to join us in Maryland.