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ALCTS E-Forum: Identifying a Research Project and Seeing it through to Publication

When: 
Wednesday, May 21, 2014 - 9:00 am to Thursday, May 22, 2014 - 5:00 pm, US/Central

ALCTS E-Forum:

Identifying a Research Project and Seeing it through to Publication

May 21-22, 2014

Sponsored by the ALCTS CRS Education, Research, and Publications Coordinating Committee

Hosted by Mavis Molto, Heather Ruland Staines, and Cathy Weng

Please join us for an e-forum discussion. It’s free and open to everyone!
Registration information is at the end of the message.

Each day, discussion begins and ends at:

Pacific: 7am – 3pm
Mountain: 8am – 4pm
Central: 9am – 5pm
Eastern: 10am – 6pm

We are all busy today, wearing many hats and constantly juggling many responsibilities. How can we find time to undertake a research project—let alone get it published? Please join our e-forum to discuss ways to turn your day-to-day activities into a research initiative. Learn what has worked for others and brainstorm what might work for you. Learn how to identify publications that best match your project criteria and how to submit a successful proposal. If you have published your research project, please share your experiences. What would you do differently? What good advice did you receive?

Topics to be covered include:

  • Identifying a research project
  • Finding a collaborator or team
  • Performing a literature review
  • Identifying publications for submission
  • Submitting a proposal for grants and/or to an institutional review board
  • Making a project checklist and timeline
  • Writing up findings
  • Submitting manuscript and respond to feedback

Hosts

Mavis Molto has worked in cataloging in special, academic, and school libraries, with her current position being a serials cataloger at Utah State University.  She has conducted research projects and published on issues relating to cataloging and database searching, including articles on automatic cataloging, the use of textual analysis in full text searching, and a recent article in Library Resources and Technical Services (Oct. 2013), entitled:  “Identifying significant changes in serials with title changes in the recognition of new works.” 

Heather Ruland Staines is Vice President Publisher Development at SIPX (formerly Stanford Intellectual Property Exchange) where she is exploring the nexus of academic publishing, library technology, and the future of eLearning. Prior to SIPX, she worked for Springer, as Senior Manager eOperations and Global eProduct Manager SpringerLink. Active in many industry groups, Heather currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Society for Scholarly Publishers and on the ALA ALCTS CRS Education, Research, and Publications Coordinating Committee. She is also a recent member of the Transfer Working Group. She holds a Ph.D. in History from Yale University.

Cathy Weng is Head of Cataloging at The College of New Jersey Library. Outside cataloging and training, Cathy has been active in research. She has published articles in ALA publications such as Information Technology and Libraries,  College & Research Libraries, and Library Resources & Technical Services. Her research focus areas include the library catalog interface, collection needs assessment using usage data, and IR (institutional repository) copyright management, among others.

What is an e-forum?

An ALCTS e-forum provides an opportunity for librarians to discuss matters of interest, led by a moderator, through the e-forum discussion list. The e-forum discussion list works like an email listserv: register your email address with the list, and then you will receive messages and communicate with other participants through an email discussion. Most e-forums last two days. Registration is necessary to participate, but it's free. See a list of upcoming e-forums at: http://www.ala.org/alcts/confevents/upcoming/e-forum.

To register:

Instructions for registration are available at: http://www.ala.org/alcts/confevents/upcoming/e-forum/sympa. Once you have registered for one e-forum, you do not need to register again, unless you choose to leave the email list. Participation is free and open to anyone. If you have any problems, please contact alcts-eforum-request@ala.org.