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Research and Statistics Committee Activities and Goals

Activities and Goals for the RSS, Research and Statistics Committee

Summary of Activities

Over the 2010-2011 year, the Research and Statistics Committee solicited and selected proposals for the 17th Annual Reference Research Forum. The committee selected three proposals. Ana Dubnjakovic presented on "Recent Reference Transactions Statistics in Academic Libraries in the United States: Are Electronic Resources Responsible for the Decline?" examining the relationship between spending on electronic resources and reference transactions.  Amanda Clay Powers presented "Mining Virtual Reference Data for an Iterative Assessment Cycle" examining the possible changes in chat questions and answers after the implementation of the EBSCO Discovery Service. Amy VanScoy presented "Practitioner Beliefs of Reference Librarians in Academic Research Libraries" examining the values and attitudes held by academic reference librarians that influence their work. The Forum was held Sunday, June 26 from 1:30-3:30 at the Morial Convention Center room 277.

The committee also went through the literature to select exceptional articles detailing research in reference. The full Reference Research Review is available at http://connect.ala.org/node/143686.

The committee submitted a request for special funding to the RUSA Board in order to be able to award a grant for research to be presented at the Reference Research Forum in 2013.


This year, the committee will solicit proposals for presentations at the 18th Annual Reference Research Forum. The committee will also cull through the reference literature to locate examples of quality research in reference to highlight in the Reference Research Review. If funding is granted by RUSA, the committee will also a research to award the research grant to.

Goals Update--10/3/11

The committee has posted the call for presentations for the Forum on several listervs. The deadline for proposals has been set for Monday, January 2, 2012. The committee will meet in early January to choose the presentations. The committee heard back from RUSA letting us know that we did not receive funding to offer a grant. In this case, proposals and selection will continue on as usual.

Goals update--January 2012

After receiving a number of proposals, the Research and Statistics Committee met to choose the presentations for the 18th Annual Reference Research Forum. The committee had a lively discussion regarding the choice and selected three proposals. Selected presentations will be notified the first week of February.

Goals update--April 18, 2012
The three presenters chosen for the 18th annual Reference Research Forum have confirmed their participation and speakers waivers have been received from all participants. The committee is currently selecting articles to annotate for the Reference Research Review.