ACRL e-Learning Webcast Series: From Idea to Publication

An ACRL Webcast Series sponsored by the ACRL Research Program Committee

Webcast 1: Understanding the Research Question (February 7, 2012)
Webcast 2: Analysis and Writing (March 7, 2012)
Webcast 3: Submitting for Publication (April 3, 2012)

Series Description: The pressure to research and publish in academic libraries can be daunting, especially for newly hired librarians.  The challenges of publishing include formulating a good research question; choosing an appropriate methodology; collecting and analyzing the data; writing the results in a publishable form; and finding a venue for publication. This three-part Webcast series will follow the research process from idea to publication.  It will address the four main components of successful publishing:  Understanding the Research Question, Research and Methodology, Analysis and Writing, and Submitting for Publication.

Series Learning Outcomes:

  • Participants will learn to develop and write an effective research question.
  • Participants will match a research question with an appropriate methodology or methodologies. 
  • Participants will learn how to shape their research into a finished paper that is ready for submission to an appropriate journal.

Audience: This three-part series is recommended for new librarians and librarians who are interested in publishing their work.

Presenters: Regina McBride, Dean of Libraries, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville; John Budd, Professor, University of Missouri School of Information and Learning Technologies; and Faye Chadwell, Donald and Delpha Campbell University Librarian and OSU Press Director, Oregon State University

Presenter Bios: Regina C. McBride is the Dean of Library and Information Services at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville and has held that position since September 2008.  Prior to that, she was the Associate Dean of Library and Information Services at SIUE.

John Budd is a Professor in the School of Information Science and Learning Technologies at the University of Missouri.  He's the author of a number of journal articles and books.

Faye A. Chadwell is the Donald and Delpha Campbell University Librarian and OSU Press Director at Oregon State University.  She has also held positions at the University of Oregon and the University of South Carolina.  She earned her MLS at the University of Illinois and an MA and BA in English at Appalachian State University.  She has been the editor of Collection Management since 2007.

Webcast 1: Understanding the Research Question (February 7, 2012)

11 a.m. Pacific | 12:00 p.m. Mountain | 1:00 p.m. Central | 2:00 p.m. Eastern (90 minutes per webcast)

Presenter: Regina McBride, Dean of Libraries, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville

Webcast Description: Participants will learn to formulate and define good research questions, select appropriate research methodologies and design the research study. Specific topics will include, developing useful questionnaires, techniques used in conducting telephone interviews, working with focus groups and constructing surveys to get the information they need.  The program will include a PowerPoint presentation and handouts of sample research designs.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Participants will learn to develop and write an effective research question
  • Participants will match a research question with an appropriate methodology or methodologies
  • Participants will learn how to design a research project

Webcast Two: Analysis and Writing (March 7, 2012)

11 a.m. Pacific | 12:00 p.m. Mountain | 1:00 p.m. Central | 2:00 p.m. Eastern (90 minutes per webcast)

Presenter: John Budd, Professor, University of Missouri School of Information and Learning Technologies

Webcast Description: Okay, you have an idea for a project and you have worked out a useful methodology.  The analysis of your data or information will depend to a great extent on that methodology.  Quantitative methods necessitate certain kinds of analyses, while qualitative methods operate on different assumptions and different kinds of data.  It is essential to have an understanding of the appropriate forms of analyses (along with their possibilities and limitations).  Then comes writing.  As is true with all verbal expression, clarity trumps everything else.  Readers must be able to comprehend your original question or problem, the process of selecting the appropriate methodology, your processes of analysis, and the meaning of your findings.  They should have an adequate answer to the question, “So what?”

Learning Outcomes:

  • Participants will learn to express their research in publishable form.

Webcast Three: Submitting for Publication (April 3, 2012)

11 a.m. Pacific | 12:00 p.m. Mountain | 1:00 p.m. Central | 2:00 p.m. Eastern (90 minutes per webcast)

Presenter: Faye Chadwell, Donald and Delpha Campbell University Librarian and OSU Press Director, Oregon State University

Webcast Description: Participants in this webcast will learn how to select an appropriate journal or publisher, learn how to prepare a manuscript for submission, and understand what the submission process will encompass. They will also learn how to query editors and how to manage their own author rights including open access licensing.

Learning Outcomes:

  • how to identify top tier and/or relevant journals;
  • the steps to preparing and submitting a manuscript;
  • strategies for interacting with editors;
  • what publishers are open access friendly;
  • what authors' rights are and their importance.

Technical Requirements: ACRL Webcasts are held in an Elluminate virtual classroom. You will be prompted to download a java-based application (Elluminate) before being able to enter the classroom.  Elluminate works on both PC and Macintosh platforms. 

Speakers or a headset for listening to the presentation are required. It is recommended that you also use a microphone to ask questions/make comments. If you do not have or do not wish to use a microphone, you may ask questions through text-based chat.

If you'd like to perform the Elluminate tech check on your computer, please go to: www.learningtimes.net/techcheckell.html.

HOW TO REGISTER
Participants can register for individual Webcasts at the rates shown below or for the entire series.  If you register for the series of three Webcasts, you receive one free Webcast registration for future redemption.

Registration fees per Webcast:
ACRL member: $50
ALA member: $75
Nonmember: $90
Student: $40
Group*: $295

Register for an individual webcast

  • Select the "Register" link next to the Webcast title on ALA's Distance Learning page (linked above).
  • You will need to log in with your ALA ID & password. If you do not have an ALA ID & password, you will be asked to create one in order to register.

Registration fees per series:
ACRL member: $150
ALA member: $225
Nonmember: $270
Student: $120
Group*: $595

Register for the full series

  • Select the "Register" link next to the Webcast title on ALA's Distance Learning page (linked above).
  • You will need to log in with your ALA ID & password. If you do not have an ALA ID & password, you will be asked to create one in order to register.

*Webcasts take place in an interactive, online classroom environment with one user/one login. If you select the group rate, one person must register, login, and keyboard during the event. A group registration allows an institution to project the Webcast to participants in the same location.

You will receive your Webcast access information one business day before the live Webcast. Webcasts will be recorded and made available to registrants as an archive, so if you sign up for the full series but cannot attend a particular webcast, there will be an opportunity to catch up later.

If you have a question about an e-Learning opportunity or need technical assistance, please contact Margot Conahan (mconahan@ala.org).