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Event Research and Statistics Committee Meeting (RUSA RSS)

by ALAConnect Helpdesk (staff) on Sat, Jun 9, 2012 at 01:08 am

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Meeting of the RSS Research and Statistics Committee at the All Committee Meeting

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Discussion Research and Statistics Committee Activities and Goals

by Qiana Johnson on Wed, Apr 18, 2012 at 10:45 am

Activities and Goals for the RSS, Research and Statistics Committee

Summary of Activities

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.

Goals

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.

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Discussion Call for Presentations - 18th Annual Reference Research Forum

by Qiana Johnson on Wed, Nov 2, 2011 at 04:16 pm

The deadline for submissions is January, 2, 2012.

CALL FOR PRESENTATIONS

The Research and Statistics Committee of the Reference Services Section of RUSA invites the submission of research projects for presentation at the 18th Reference Research Forum at the 2012 American Library Association Annual Conference in Anaheim, CA.

The deadline for submissions is January, 2, 2012.

CALL FOR PRESENTATIONS

The Research and Statistics Committee of the Reference Services Section of RUSA invites the submission of research projects for presentation at the 18th Reference Research Forum at the 2012 American Library Association Annual Conference in Anaheim, CA.

The Reference Research Forum continues to be one of the most popular and valuable programs during the ALA Annual Conference, where attendees can learn about notable research projects conducted in the broad area of reference services such as user behavior, electronic services, reference effectiveness and assessment, and organizational structure and personnel. All researchers, including reference practitioners from all types of libraries, library school faculty and students, and other interested individuals, are encouraged to submit a proposal.

For examples of projects presented at past Forums, please see the Committee’s website:
http://tinyurl.com/rssresearchstatistics

The Committee employs a blind review process to select three projects for 20 minute presentations, followed by open discussion. Winning submissions must be presented in person at the Forum in Anaheim, CA.

Criteria for selection:

• Quality and creativity of the research design and methodologies;

• Significance of the study for improving the quality of reference service;

• Potential for research to fill a gap in reference knowledge or to build on previous studies;

• Research projects may be in-progress or completed;

• Previously published research or research accepted for publication will not be accepted

Proposals are due by Monday, January 2, 2012. Notification of acceptance will be made by Monday, February 6, 2012. The submission must not exceed two pages. Please include:

1. A cover sheet including your name(s), title(s), institutional affiliation(s), mailing address(es), fax number(s) and email address(es).

2. The second page should NOT show your name, any personal information, or the name of your institution. Instead, it must include:

a. Title of the project;

b. Explicit statement of the research problem;

c. Description of the research design and methodologies used, and preliminary findings if any;

d. Brief discussion of the unique contribution, potential impact, and significance of the research

 

Please send submissions by email to:

Qiana Johnson

Chair, RUSA RSS Research and Statistics Committee

q-johnson@northwestern.edu

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Discussion 17th Annual Reference Research Forum

by Qiana Johnson on Wed, Jun 1, 2011 at 03:31 pm

Sunday, June 26, 1:30-3:30 p.m.

17th Annual Reference Research Forum

Please join the Reference Services Section's Research and Statistics Committee for the 17th Annual Reference Research Forum. Join us to hear about three research projects in the area of reference and user services.

Sunday, June 26, 1:30-3:30 p.m.

17th Annual Reference Research Forum

Please join the Reference Services Section's Research and Statistics Committee for the 17th Annual Reference Research Forum. Join us to hear about three research projects in the area of reference and user services.

Ana Dubnjakovic will present 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 will present "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 will present "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 will be held Sunday, June 26 from 1:30-3:30 at the Morial Convention Center room 277.

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Discussion Due: 17th Annual Reference Research Forum Proposals

by Qiana Johnson on Mon, Oct 11, 2010 at 02:52 pm

The deadline for submissions is December 31, 2010.

CALL FOR PRESENTATIONS

The Research and Statistics Committee of the Reference Services Section of RUSA invites the submission of research projects for presentation at the 17th Reference Research Forum at the 2011 American Library Association Annual Conference in New Orleans, LA.

The deadline for submissions is December 31, 2010.

CALL FOR PRESENTATIONS

The Research and Statistics Committee of the Reference Services Section of RUSA invites the submission of research projects for presentation at the 17th Reference Research Forum at the 2011 American Library Association Annual Conference in New Orleans, LA.

The Reference Research Forum continues to be one of the most popular and valuable programs during the ALA Annual Conference, where attendees can learn about notable research projects conducted in the broad area of reference services such as user behavior, electronic services, reference effectiveness and assessment, and organizational structure and personnel. All researchers, including reference practitioners from all types of libraries, library school faculty and students, and other interested individuals, are encouraged to submit a proposal.

For examples of projects presented at past Forums, please see the Committee’s website:
http://tinyurl.com/rssresearchstatistics

The Committee employs a blind review process to select three projects for 20 minute presentations, followed by open discussion. Winning submissions must be presented in person at the Forum in New Orleans, LA.

Criteria for selection:

• Quality and creativity of the research design and methodologies;

• Significance of the study for improving the quality of reference service;

• Potential for research to fill a gap in reference knowledge or to build on previous studies;

• Research projects may be in-progress or completed;

• Previously published research or research accepted for publication will not be accepted

Proposals are due by Friday, December 31, 2010. Notification of acceptance will be made by Monday, February 7, 2011. The submission must not exceed two pages. Please include:

1. A cover sheet including your name(s), title(s), institutional affiliation(s), mailing address(es), fax number(s) and email address(es).

2. The second page should NOT show your name, any personal information, or the name of your institution. Instead, it must include:

a. Title of the project;

b. Explicit statement of the research problem;

c. Description of the research design and methodologies used, and preliminary findings if any;

d. Brief discussion of the unique contribution, potential impact, and significance of the research

 

Please send submissions by email to:

Qiana Johnson

Chair, RUSA RSS Research and Statistics Committee

q-johnson@northwestern.edu

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Online Doc 2010 Committee Report for the Research & Statistics Committee

by Qiana Johnson on Tue, Aug 24, 2010 at 05:07 pm

At the completion of Annual 2010, the Research & Statistics Committee produced the 2009 Reference Research Review and held the 16th Annual Reference Research Forum:

 

Reference Research Review 2009

 

Each year, the Research & Statistics Committee of the Reference Services Section (RSS) in RUSA scours the professional literature to identify notable research articles about reference work published in the previous year.

 

At the completion of Annual 2010, the Research & Statistics Committee produced the 2009 Reference Research Review and held the 16th Annual Reference Research Forum:

 

Reference Research Review 2009

 

Each year, the Research & Statistics Committee of the Reference Services Section (RSS) in RUSA scours the professional literature to identify notable research articles about reference work published in the previous year.

 

The 2009 Reference Research Review is now available on the committee’s website (http://bit.ly/RRR2009) and features 29 articles that cover topics such as the role of academic libraries in mentored undergraduate research, the demonstration of best practices in reference transactions, and the evaluation of effective training for chat reference.

 

The committee uses the definition of Reference Work and Reference Transactions as approved by RUSA to define the scope of the review. For more information, see: http://bit.ly/rusa-reference.

 

 

16th Annual Reference Research Forum 2010

 

The 16th Annual Reference Research Forum was held on June 27, 2010 at the ALA Annual Conference in Washington, D.C. The Forum featured three innovative presentations and was covered by the Chronicle of Higher Education (http://bit.ly/chronicle-rrf).

 

This year’s presentations are now posted on the committee’s website (http://bit.ly/RRF2010). The presentations were:

 

Anthropologists in the Library: The ERIAL Project and its Implications for Reference Service

Andrew Asher, Lynda M. Duke, Sue Stroyan, Monica Moore, Suzanne Wilson (Illinois Wesleyan University)

Do LibGuides Make a Difference? A Quasi-Experimental Investigation Into the Impact of LibGuides

Steven Bell  (Temple University)

 

Minding the Gap: Generational Differences in Attitudes toward Reference Service in Academic Libraries

Eric Jennings, Hans Kishel, Jill Markgraf (University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire)

This year's Forum was attended by 197 people and received a favorable write up in the Chronicle of Higher Education ( http://chronicle.com/article/Overdue-at-the-Library-Good/66086/?sid=pm&utm_source=pm&utm_medium=en).  

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Event 16th Reference Research Forum @ ALA Annual

by Liane Taylor (non-member) on Tue, Jun 8, 2010 at 01:11 pm

 

Sunday, 6/27, 1:30pm - 3:30pm

Grand Hyatt, Constitution B

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Anthropologists in the Library: The ERIAL Project and its Implications for Reference Service

Andrew Asher, Lynda M. Duke, Sue Stroyan, Monica Moore, Suzanne Wilson (Illinois Wesleyan University)

 

Sunday, 6/27, 1:30pm - 3:30pm

Grand Hyatt, Constitution B

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Anthropologists in the Library: The ERIAL Project and its Implications for Reference Service

Andrew Asher, Lynda M. Duke, Sue Stroyan, Monica Moore, Suzanne Wilson (Illinois Wesleyan University)

The ERIAL Project, a two-year research study funded by a Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant through the Illinois State Library, ethnographically examines how undergraduate students at five universities in Illinois conduct academic research and utilize library reference services and resources.  Using a mixed-methods approach that integrates a variety of anthropological data collection techniques, this study builds a holistic and user-centered portrait of student needs through an in situ examination of what students actually do while completing their research assignments.    The presenters will focus on the implications for reference service on their own institution, Illinois Wesleyan University.

 

Do LibGuides Make a Difference? A Quasi-Experimental Investigation Into the Impact of LibGuides

Steven Bell  (Temple University)

Multiple articles about library subject guides have examined how users respond to the design of the guides, how effective the users think the guides are and other aspects such as user familiarity with guides. But the literature contains no articles that attempt to connect the use of library guides to academic performance. This presentation reports on the use of a quasi-experimental research study designed to determine if LibGuides actually did make a difference in the quality of a student research assignment. The presenter will provide an overview of the methodology, the use of the Blackboard Outcomes Assessment module and the findings of the experimental study.

 

Minding the Gap: Generational Differences in Attitudes toward Reference Service in Academic Libraries

Eric Jennings, Hans Kishel, Jill Markgraf (University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire)

Reference services in academic libraries are undergoing substantial change as a result of technological developments, limited human and financial resources, and significant observed and anticipated library staff retirements.  With an impending shift in generational balance in the library workforce come changes in attitudes, expectations, and priorities that may have profound effects on librarianship.  This research study focuses on the generational differences in attitudes toward reference service to reveal potential conflicts, changes, and trends in attitudes and philosophies.  The findings will be valuable to those working in, managing or planning library reference services as the profession undergoes a major generational shift in its workforce.

 

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Event Due: 16th Reference Research Forum Proposals

by Liane Taylor (non-member) on Fri, Dec 4, 2009 at 08:50 am

The deadline for submissions is January 4, 2010.

CALL FOR PRESENTATIONS

The Research and Statistics Committee of the Reference Services Section of RUSA invites the submission of research projects for presentation at the 16th Reference Research Forum at the 2010 American Library Association Annual Conference in Washington, D.C.

The deadline for submissions is January 4, 2010.

CALL FOR PRESENTATIONS

The Research and Statistics Committee of the Reference Services Section of RUSA invites the submission of research projects for presentation at the 16th Reference Research Forum at the 2010 American Library Association Annual Conference in Washington, D.C.

The Reference Research Forum continues to be one of the most popular and valuable programs during the ALA Annual Conference, where attendees can learn about notable research projects conducted in the broad area of reference services such as user behavior, electronic services, reference effectiveness and assessment, and organizational structure and personnel. All researchers, including reference practitioners from all types of libraries, library school faculty and students, and other interested individuals, are encouraged to submit a proposal.

For examples of projects presented at past Forums, please see the Committee’s website:
http://tinyurl.com/rssresearchstatistics

The Committee employs a blind review process to select three projects for 20 minute presentations, followed by open discussion. Winning submissions must be presented in person at the Forum in Washington, D.C.

Criteria for selection:

• Quality and creativity of the research design and methodologies;

• Significance of the study for improving the quality of reference service;

• Potential for research to fill a gap in reference knowledge or to build on previous studies;

• Research projects may be in-progress or completed;

• Previously published research or research accepted for publication will not be accepted

Proposals are due by Monday, January 4, 2010. Notification of acceptance will be made by Monday, February 8, 2010. The submission must not exceed two pages. Please include:

1. A cover sheet including your name(s), title(s), institutional affiliation(s), mailing address(es), fax number(s) and email address(es).

2. The second page should NOT show your name, any personal information, or the name of your institution. Instead, it must include:

a. Title of the project;

b. Explicit statement of the research problem;

c. Description of the research design and methodologies used, and preliminary findings if any;

d. Brief discussion of the unique contribution, potential impact, and significance of the research

 

Please send submissions by email to:

Liane Luckman

Chair, RUSA RSS Research and Statistics Committee

lluckman@txstate.edu

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Discussion Deadline Approaching: 16th Reference Research Forum, 2010

by Liane Taylor (non-member) on Fri, Dec 4, 2009 at 08:47 am

The deadline for submissions is January 4, 2010.

CALL FOR PRESENTATIONS

The Research and Statistics Committee of the Reference Services Section of RUSA invites the submission of research projects for presentation at the 16th Reference Research Forum at the 2010 American Library Association Annual Conference in Washington, D.C.

The deadline for submissions is January 4, 2010.

CALL FOR PRESENTATIONS

The Research and Statistics Committee of the Reference Services Section of RUSA invites the submission of research projects for presentation at the 16th Reference Research Forum at the 2010 American Library Association Annual Conference in Washington, D.C.

The Reference Research Forum continues to be one of the most popular and valuable programs during the ALA Annual Conference, where attendees can learn about notable research projects conducted in the broad area of reference services such as user behavior, electronic services, reference effectiveness and assessment, and organizational structure and personnel. All researchers, including reference practitioners from all types of libraries, library school faculty and students, and other interested individuals, are encouraged to submit a proposal.

For examples of projects presented at past Forums, please see the Committee’s website:
http://tinyurl.com/rssresearchstatistics

The Committee employs a blind review process to select three projects for 20 minute presentations, followed by open discussion. winning submissions must be presented in person at the Forum in Washington, D.C.

Criteria for selection:

• Quality and creativity of the research design and methodologies;

• Significance of the study for improving the quality of reference service;

• Potential for research to fill a gap in reference knowledge or to build on previous studies;

• Research projects may be in-progress or completed;

• Previously published research or research accepted for publication will not be accepted

Proposals are due by Monday, January 4, 2010. Notification of acceptance will be made by Monday, February 8, 2010. The submission must not exceed two pages. Please include:

1. A cover sheet including your name(s), title(s), institutional affiliation(s), mailing address(es), fax number(s) and email address(es).

2. The second page should NOT show your name, any personal information, or the name of your institution. Instead, it must include:

a. Title of the project;

b. Explicit statement of the research problem;

c. Description of the research design and methodologies used, and preliminary findings if any;

d. Brief discussion of the unique contribution, potential impact, and significance of the research

 

Please send submissions by email to:

Liane Luckman

Chair, RUSA RSS Research and Statistics Committee

lluckman@txstate.edu

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Discussion Call for Presentations – 16th Reference Research Forum, 2010

by Liane Taylor (non-member) on Wed, Sep 16, 2009 at 09:52 am

CALL FOR PRESENTATIONS

 The Research and Statistics Committee of the Reference Services Section of RUSA invites the submission of research projects for presentation at the 16th Reference Research Forum at the 2010 American Library Association Annual Conference in Washington, D.C.

CALL FOR PRESENTATIONS

 The Research and Statistics Committee of the Reference Services Section of RUSA invites the submission of research projects for presentation at the 16th Reference Research Forum at the 2010 American Library Association Annual Conference in Washington, D.C.

The Reference Research Forum continues to be one of the most popular and valuable programs during the ALA Annual Conference, where attendees can learn about notable research projects conducted in the broad area of reference services such as user behavior, electronic services, reference effectiveness and assessment, and organizational structure and personnel. All researchers, including reference practitioners from all types of libraries, library school faculty and students, and other interested individuals, are encouraged to submit a proposal.

For examples of projects presented at past Forums, please see the Committee’s website:

http://tinyurl.com/rssresearchstatistics

The Committee employs a blind review process to select three projects for 20 minute presentations, followed by open discussion. Winning submissions must be presented in person at the Forum in Washington, D.C.

 

Criteria for selection:

• Quality and creativity of the research design and methodologies;

• Significance of the study for improving the quality of reference service;

• Potential for research to fill a gap in reference knowledge or to build on previous studies;

• Research projects may be in-progress or completed;

• Previously published research or research accepted for publication will not be accepted

 

Proposals are due by Monday, January 4, 2010. Notification of acceptance will be made by Monday, February 8, 2010. The submission must not exceed two pages. Please include:

 

1. A cover sheet including your name(s), title(s), institutional affiliation(s), mailing address(es), fax number(s) and email address(es).

2. The second page should NOT show your name, any personal information, or the name of your institution. Instead, it must include:

a. Title of the project;

b. Explicit statement of the research problem;

c. Description of the research design and methodologies used, and preliminary findings if any;

d. Brief discussion of the unique contribution, potential impact, and significance of the research

 

Please send submissions by email to:

Liane Luckman

Chair, RUSA RSS Research and Statistics Committee

lluckman@txstate.edu

 

 

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