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Summary of Current Activities and Goals

Summary of Activities

Over the 2011-2012 year, the Research and Statistics Committee solicited and selected proposals for the 18th Annual Reference Research Forum. The committee selected three proposals.  This year’s forum included Lili Luo presenting “Best Practices of Text Reference Service: A Synergistic View,” Susan Gardner Archambault and Kenneth Simon presenting “Apples and Oranges: Lessons from a Usability Study of Two Library FAQ Web Sites,” and Alison Graber, Alison Hicks, Caroline Sinkinson, and Stephanie Alexander presenting “Research Assistance Interactions: Exploration of Users’ Motivation and Perceptions.”  The Forum was held Sunday, June 24 from 1:30-3:30 at the Anaheim Convention Center.

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/180163.

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 request was denied.

Goals

This year, the committee will solicit proposals for presentations at the 19th 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 annual Reference Research Review.

In addition, the committee is exploring the possibility of offering a discussion group at ALA Midwinter on the topic of how to conduct research on reference and/or offering a “research speed dating” type of event.  The intent is to give people the opportunity to talk about topics or projects they are interested in, receive feedback and develop connections with potential research partners.