Research Process, Methods, and Relationships for Academic Librarians: A Three-Part Webcast Series

Thursday, 10/29/2020
  • 3:00 PM-4:00 PM (Eastern)
  • 2:00 PM-3:00 PM (Central)
  • 1:00 PM-2:00 PM (Mountain)
  • 12:00 PM-1:00 PM (Pacific)
Thursday, 11/12/2020
  • 3:00 PM-4:00 PM (Eastern)
  • 2:00 PM-3:00 PM (Central)
  • 1:00 PM-2:00 PM (Mountain)
  • 12:00 PM-1:00 PM (Pacific)
Thursday, 11/19/2020
  • 3:00 PM-4:00 PM (Eastern)
  • 2:00 PM-3:00 PM (Central)
  • 1:00 PM-2:00 PM (Mountain)
  • 12:00 PM-1:00 PM (Pacific)

During this interactive three-part webcast series, the editors and authors of Reflections on Practitioner Research: A Practical Guide for Information Professionals (ACRL 2020) address the challenges of undertaking research as an information professional, and explore the research process from selecting a topic to qualitative and quantitative research methods to successfully collaborating with research partners.  

Webcast One: The Research Process

Thursday, October 29, 2020
 In this webcast, presenters will describe different aspects of their research processes, including developing a research design, navigating the IRB, and scaling and adapting research projects. Throughout, participants will reflect on and respond to prompts that help them to think through their own research process and structures.

Webcast Two: Research Methods

Thursday, November 12, 2020
Presenters will represent the research methods they have utilized as researchers, including surveys, interviews, and focus groups, and offer advice and tips for choosing and using these commonly used social science methods in library research.

Webcast Three: Research Relationships

Thursday, November 19, 2020
Pairs of researchers will discuss collaboration, mentorship, and partnership as related to conducting research as an information professional.

Participants who register for all three webcasts will receive a complimentary eBook copy of Reflections on Practitioner Research: A Practical Guide for Information Professionals.

Learning Outcomes

Part One

Participants will learn how to:

  • Identify the components of research design
  • Articulate best practices for different stages of the research process
  • Prepare for potential barriers in the research process

Part Two

Participants will learn how to:

  • Describe common methods used in LIS practitioner research
  • Identify pros and cons of using different research methods
  • Articulate possible pitfalls when conducting a research project

Part Three

Participants will learn how to:

  • Identify common cultural, technical, and institutional concerns regarding collaborative research
  • Articulate best practices for building productive and successful research partnerships
  • Prepare and plan for challenges that may arise when collaborating

Who Should Attend

  • Information professionals who are interested in the practical application of research design and methodology in LIS settings
  • LIS students or novice practitioner-researchers interested in learning more about research methods
  • Librarians new to a tenure-track position requiring original research and publication

Presenters

Moderators

Lee Ann Fullington is an assistant professor at Brooklyn College, City University of New York, where, as the health sciences librarian, she helps students become skilled information seekers. She is deeply rooted in the Health and Nutrition Sciences programs and works with students to build their research skills using, among other resources, PubMed and NYC data sources, in support of their evidence-based curriculum. She received her MPhil in popular music studies from the University of Liverpool and her MSLIS from Pratt Institute. She has a predilection for qualitative research and her recent projects explore the experiences and needs of transfer students, graduate students’ usage of mobile devices for academic purposes, and the lived experiences of hard of hearing librarians.

Brandon K. West is the head of research instruction services and liaison to the social sciences at the State University of New York at Geneseo’s Milne Library. His research interests include examining the intersections of information literacy and online learning, applying instructional design principles to enhance student learning, and addressing LGBTQ+ issues in libraries. He has an MEd in educational technology from Grand Valley State University, an MLS from Texas Woman’s University, and an MS in curriculum development from the University at Albany. He was the lead editor of Creative Instructional Design: Practical Applications for Librarians, available from ACRL Publications.

Presenters

Webcast One
Maureen Babb, Winnipeg Regional Health Authority Virtual Library Liaison Librarian, University of Manitoba
Justin de la Cruz, Department Head, Data Science, Instructional Design, and Technology Department, Atlanta University Center Robert W. Woodruff Library
Rachel Sargeant-Jenkins, Associate Dean, University of Saskatchewan Library

Webcast Two
Matthew Harrick, Outreach and Education Librarian, Brooklyn College, City University of New York
Kristin Hoffman, Research and Scholarly Communication Librarian, University of Western Ontario
Selinda Berg, Associate University Librarian, University of Windsor
Rachel Wishkoski, Reference and Instruction Librarian, Utah State University

Webcast Three
Hillary Bussel, Social Sciences Librarian, The Ohio State University
Tatiana Bryant, Engagement and Inclusion Librarian, Adelphi University
Sarah Fancher, Director of Hamra Library, Ozarks Technical Community College
Jamie Emery, Research and Instruction Librarian/Professor, Saint Louis University
Michele Villagran, Assistant Professor, School of Information, San José State University
Shamika Dalton, Associate Director and Associate Professor, Joel A. Katz Law Library, University of Tennessee College of Law

Registration

Cost

Save money and register for the full three-part webcast series!

FULL SERIES
ACRL member: $130
ALA member: $200
Nonmember: $230
Student: $100
Group*: $595

INDIVIDUAL WEBCAST
ACRL member: $50
ALA member: $75
Nonmember: $90
Student: $40
Group*: $295

*DURING THIS TIME OF COVID-19 RELATED LIBRARY CLOSURES: For purposes of group registration, ACRL will define a group as up to 30 individuals from a single institution working remotely and logging in individually from multiple locations to participate in the live webcast. Also, group registration includes access to the archived recording for one year for unlimited staff at a registered institution.

ALA and ACRL are committed to supporting our members, staff, and all librarians and library workers during these uncertain times. We will do our best to accommodate the needs of our attendees; please contact mconahan@ala.org if you have special registration circumstances.

How to Register

Register for the full series

  • Locate the webcast series under the October 2020 header ("Research Process, Methods, and Relationships for Academic Librarians: A Three-Part Webcast Series")
  • Select the "Register" link next to the webcast series title.
  • 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.

Register for an individual webcast(s)

  • Locate the webcast by the date of the event under the October or November 2020 heading.
  • Select the "Register" link next to the webcast title.
  • 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.

Tech Requirements

The webcast series will be held in Zoom. Speakers or a headset for listening to the presentation are required. You may interact with the presenter and ask questions through text-based chat. 

The webcasts will be recorded and the link to the recordings and PPTs will be e-mailed out shortly after the live event.

Contact

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