Research and Publication Basics

Have you wanted to perform research but don’t know where to start? Do you have an idea for research but are unsure about what to do next? Do you want to understand how to perform assessment or how to visualize data to show value to stakeholders? Then this webinar series is for you. This five-part series will introduce attendees to the research and publication process, specifically for those working in technical services areas. 

Part 1 provides an overview of the research process and describes each part of a research project. Part 2 describes research methods and data analysis techniques typically used in librarianship. Part 3 discusses how to write the results of research and what editors are looking for in article submissions. Part 4 focuses on assessment in technical services areas and explains how to match assessment goals to methodologies. Part 5 is centered on data visualization and presents the tools and strategies used to communicate value to stakeholders.

This webinar series is presented by the Research and Publications Committee of the Cataloging and Metadata Management Section (CaMMS).

This five-part series includes the following sessions:

Learning Outcomes

At the end this five-part webinar series, attendees will be able to:

  • understand the research process and how to start a research project
  • understand the parts of a research project and how they work together
  • identify various resources that can support research efforts
  • introduce the connection between research questions and research methodologies
  • describe the central research methodologies used by librarians, including quantitative and qualitative approaches
  • understand the importance of alignment between research question and research methodology
  • describe the elements of a research paper
  • understand how to structure research and analysis into a research paper
  • choose a journal appropriate for a specific research project
  • navigate the peer review process, including acceptance of one’s paper and final preparation for publication, and handling rejection of one’s paper and the next steps to take
  • identify an assessment goal
  • select an appropriate assessment tool or methodology for their goal
  • express how their assessment goal supports a professional value
  • be able to identify tools to visualize data
  • learn strategies for assessing the communication needs of different stakeholders
  • learn to use tools and strategies to develop more effective communication strategies to demonstrate their impact and value

Who Should Attend

This webinar series is geared toward librarians in technical services who want to do research but don't know where to start.


Karen Snow is an Associate Professor and the Ph.D. Program Director in the School of Information Studies at Dominican University in River Forest, IL. She teaches in-person and online in the areas of cataloging, classification, and metadata. Her main areas of research interest are cataloging quality, ethics, and education. In 2016, she received the Follett Corporation’s Excellence in Teaching Award.

Eamon Tewell is Reference and Instruction Librarian at Long Island University Brooklyn. Eamon received the 2016 Jesse H. Shera Award for Distinguished Published Research, and is co-editor of the recently published book “Reference Librarianship and Justice: History, Practice, & Praxis.” His research interests are in critical information literacy, reference practice, and televisual representations of libraries.

Mary Beth Weber is Head, Central Technical Services, Rutgers University Libraries. She has published extensively on technical services topics. She has edited Library Resources and Technical Services since 2012. She also edited the ALCTS Newsletter Online 2005-2011. Mary Beth is a long-time ALCTS member, and chaired a number of interest groups and committees. She earned a BA in English and Art History at Michigan State University and an MLS from Clarion University of Pennsylvania.

Sandy Roe is currently Professor and Senior Cataloging Librarian at Milner Library, Illinois State University, and Editor of the peer-reviewed journal, Cataloging & Classification Quarterly. She is currently Vice-Chair/Chair Elect of CaMMS, and has held offices in the ALA LITA/ALCTS Authority Control Interest Group, the Alpha Chapter of Beta Phi Mu, and was a member of IFLA’s Subject Analysis & Access Section Standing Committee from 2009-2017 and Standing Committee Secretary from 2012-2017.

Jessica Schomberg became interested in cataloging in high school, after arguing with the public library cataloger about where the science fiction should be shelved. Jessica currently serves as the Media Cataloger and as the Library Services Department Chair at Minnesota State University, Mankato. Jessica’s educational background includes a MA in English: Teaching English as a Second Language from Minnesota State University, Mankato, and a MLIS from the University of Washington, Seattle.

Liz Woolcott, Head of Cataloging and Metadata Services at Utah State University, manages the MARC and non-MARC metadata creation of the University Libraries and is the co-founder of the Library Workflow Exchange. She publishes and presents on workflow and assessment strategies for library technical services, the impact of organizational structures on library work, and measuring impact for digital content reuse.



Recordings of the webinars in this series are now available since the six-month date of the presentations has passed. Please see individual webinar pages to access the recordings and materials.

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