American Library Association Annual Meeting
RUSA | RSS | Research and Statistics Committee
Washington, DC – June 2007
Hotel Washington – Ballroom
In Attendance: Char Booth, Janelle Hedstrom, Heather Tunender, Anne Moore, Ellen Safely, Holly McCullough, Linda Shippert, Carolyn Radcliffe
- Welcome and Introductions
- Review of Agenda
- Agenda was amended with minor revisions.
- Review of Midwinter 2007 Minutes
- Minutes were reviewed and approved.
- Review of Committee Roster and Appointments
- Anne Moore will assume the position of committee chair.
- Holly and Carolyn are rotating off, Char joining and Linda will be the new intern.
- Reference Research Forum
- Overview of nuts and bolts of RRF.
i. Equipment reserved and hopefully taken care of.
ii. Handouts printed, attendance of roughly 150 expected.
- One of the speakers has requested sound, which may require some jury-rigging.
- Presenters are ordered as follows:
i. Evaluating the Quality of IM
ii. Libraries and MySpace
iii. Ready Reference in Chat
- Proposal – David Tyckocson (California State University Fresno)
- Proposal to potentially revise how Research and Statistics committee responds to research: supplement the research forum with the ability to sponsor research on allocation/grant/award basis, leading potentially to a RQ article and/or presentation.
- R&C Committee asked to generate a plan for how this might work in practice.
- Allocation figure – $10,000 thrown out. “Thousands of dollars, one thousand a minimum.”
- Award would work similar to a granting agency – request a proposal, costs, and budget.
- Could create a larger influence on the field of research, rather than simply showcasing as in the RRF.
- Plan concept/proposal should be ready by October 1, if possible, for RUSA Executive Board budget discussion.
- How to structure the allocation? Begin with one award as a trial; potentially expand the project in subsequent years?
- Discussion of the how funds would be allocated – level of detail required from proposals needs to be determined, but may depend on higher-up decisions. Potentially work on a half up front, half upon completion stipend process (streamlines process, requires less scrutiny throughout).
- Suggestion to potentially work with the Hot Topics Forum to generate research theme for proposal.
- How open should the proposal field be – within RUSA? Within ALA? Idea that RUSA membership be included in grant/award (if applicable).
- Proposal should include a section on publicity at beginning of process to generate applications.
- Suggestion to gather examples of other library grants and generate best practice ideas.
i. Amigos – OCLC grant for the Southwest Fellowship Grant.
ii. Everyone search for concise, streamlined grant proposals.
iii. Look at vetting and accountability process after funds are allocated.
- 15th Anniversary of RRF
- Preliminary discussion of the 15th anniversary of the forum – suggestion to combine proposal for granting funds for research with 15th Anniversary.
- Timeline for grant proposal in practice: review grant at Annual, give the recipients an entire year to complete research before showcasing their work.
- Discussion of reasonable expectations for a timeline – is a year a valid expectation?
- Deadlines – May 1 as proposal deadline, following publication schedule of RQ?
- Planning for Future Forums
- Business as usual for Midwinter, discuss publicity of new initiative at next meeting.
- Call for Proposals – last few years an early publicized deadline then second call for proposals worked best (most proposals are generated after the first deadline).
- Planning for Reference Research Review
- Suggestion for blog or other electronic format RRR with open URL (COINS) links – matter will be investigated for discussion at Midwinter.
Minutes compiled by Char Booth, 23 June 2007.