Reference Services Section RSS Research & Statistics Committe Midwinter 2005 Minutes

ALA Midwinter 2005
RUSA/MOUSS Research and Statistics Committee
Meeting of Saturday January 15, 2005 9:30-11:00am
Boston, Westin Hotel
Meeting Minutes

1. Welcome & Introductions.

  • Committee members were introduced.
  • The following members were present: Joan Stein, Kathy Crowe, Janelle Hedstrom, Carolyn Radcliff, Rebecca Jackson, JoAnn Jacoby, Holly McCullough (new member), Melissa Gross, Sarah Hammill

2. Review and Approval of the Agenda.

  • The agenda was approved.

3. Approval of the Minutes from ALA Annual 2004.

  • The meeting minutes were approved (Saturday and Sunday minutes were combined).

4. Review submissions and choose papers for the Reference Research Forum.

  • Many of the proposals were eliminated through e-mail prior to meeting. After a lengthy discussion, 4 proposals were chosen (1 as an alternate). The proposals selected were:
  • Proposal 5 - Assessment of Student Learning from Reference Service
  • Proposal 10 - Creating the Infrastructure to Connect Digital Reference Services and Researchers: The Digital Reference Electronic Warehouse (DREW) Project
  • Proposal 12 – CSI Cyperspace: A Comparative Case Study Investigation of the untimely Demise of Six Virtual Reference Services
  • Proposal 20 – What’s coming off the Shelves? An Analysis of Reference Sources – ALTERNATE
  • Joan will contact the authors.

5. Committee Membership

  • Membership terms are ending for Mary Casserly, Joan Stein, Melissa Gross, Kathryn Crowe, and Rebecca Jackson.
  • The chair will be found by David Tyckoson.
  • Recruit interested colleagues.

6. Preparation for Forum at Annual.

  • Remember the forum at ALA Annual will be on Saturday from 1:30 – 3:30.
  • The Forum now has a permanent slot in RUSA so we won’t need to find a partner for the forum in the future.
  • Joan will do the flyer.

7. Reference Research Review

  • Mary Casserly has put together the handout in the past. If she doesn’t do it this time, Rebecca Jackson will.
  • Titles will be listed first. The length will not be more than a front and back of one page.
  • Members will do the journals they have been assigned to in the past. Joan will e-mail a reminder.
  • Abstracts should include credentials of the author and use of the information to reference practitioners.

8. Web sites

  • March 1st is the deadline for review of sites.
  • JoAnn will put the finished product online.
  • Annotations should include author’s credentials and a succinct statement of what the site is about. 2-5 sentences.
  • Many volunteered to look at the final product.

9. Adjournment.

  • Meeting adjourned at 11:0am.

Second Meeting was canceled.

Respectfully Submitted,

Sarah J. Hammill